The artist claims ownership of her identity in this series of autobiographical works. In these Boyle stands to the centre of the painting, as a child and as a woman, looking out to the viewer.
‘The unflinching regard of her brown eyes projects a private persona – in which raw vulnerability and her defiant self- assurance as a painter are inextricably one’– Philip Vann, Art Writer, The Next Generation Self Portrait Collection
‘She goes readily to the past, her past, in the powerful work Mrs. Fordes Kindergarten and in the Strangers Now – Foster Children. These works serve as a description of the female child and woman in Ireland. In this they sit easily beside the work of artist Marlene Dumas’– Brian Maguire, Painter, Ireland