Orla Clancy was born in Waterford in 1968, and was reared in a rural farming environment. Her interest in making images and visual story-telling started early and was encouraged by parents Mary and Paddy Clancy, both of whom were great lovers of the arts. Orla later went to UCD where she studied languages and subsequently lived in the Netherlands between 1994 and 2000, where she studied human anatomy intensively in part-time classes while she worked full-time as a TEFL teacher. She returned to Ireland in 2000 with partner Dolf Patijn, an accomplished photographer (see ILoveLimerick.ie) whose work has also formed an influence, and attended LSAD for three years, obtaining a degree in Fine Art Painting in 2004. Since then Orla has continued to draw and paint, and enjoys creating landscapes, still life works, life-drawing studies and of course random people, the great unposed, both as large-scale paintings and as smaller pencil sketches with watercolour.
Orla Clancy and Dolf Patijn live near the village of Ballingarry in County Limerick.