Cora graduated with a First Class Honours in Art and Design from the Belfast College of Art, in 1970. While a student she won several awards including Student of the Year and 1st, 2nd and Highly Commended in a National Competition at the R.D.S. in Dublin. She was commissioned by British Enkalon to produce a large panel for their London headquarters.
After living in Africa for three years, where she continued to produce collages and oil paintings, Cora returned to live in N.Ireland. Over the next twenty or so years part time work and raising a family prevented Cora from furthering her art career until the 1990s.
Cora has received numerous private and public commissions, including several from Newry and Mourne Council, N.I. Fire Authority, and Royal Mail. She has often exhibited in the Laing National Art Competition, several times reaching the London Finals and has won First Prize in the Laing N.I. Region. Cora was also awarded the Perpetual Silver Medal by The Arts Society of Ulster for a portrait.
Having had a successful career painting to commission, subjects such as animals, landscapes, townscapes, portraits etc, Cora’s aim now is to concentrate on and develop her more creative work. She is mainly concerned with how the imagination transforms memory and the way memory informs vision. A fragment of memory or a glimpse of something may be enough to inspire the creative process. She often develops these small beginnings into exciting finished pieces, using her personal response to the subject, rather than a factual representation. Her love of colour and pattern is evident in all her work
Over the years Cora has become an accomplished painter in all media. Now she is using this knowledge in a more searching and experimental way to create works, which are gaining interest in the Irish Art world.
Cora has paintings in public and private collections in Ireland, U.K, Canada. U.S.A and S. Africa.