Dublin born artist Donna McGee with a background in financial services, always had a passion to paint.
Juggling a hectic schedule with family commitments and a busy work life, she made the decision to instead, follow her childhood passion and love of painting. As a result, she set up an art studio at her home.
Consequently, she became fully immersed in “the dream”. Creating atmospheric and affordable art of her much loved Irish landscape for all to enjoy. This became her number one objective.
Her business background coupled with her passion for the arts, extended to working in the voluntary sector. She became very involved in the provision of adult education courses at a local community level. Consequently, she was a founder member of a local arts group and was instrumental in providing opportunities, exhibitions and marketing at a community level over a number of years.
Largely self-taught she developed a unique style. She encompasses a diverse range of influences from her love of travel, not least to the spectacular west coast of Ireland. Capturing the restless elemental forces of this landscape and celebrating its timeless beauty is central to her work.
She is drawn to the allure of stormy skies and vibrant sunsets. Capturing light contrasted against the dynamic force of the ocean draws an emotional response. It creates a spiritual connection with nature.
Weather permitting, she paints outdoors (plein air) and is a regular visitor to Europe’s largest open air painting festival in Wexford Art in the Open.
Donna’s paintings have an ethereal feel, certainly evident in her abstract work. She incorporates surrealist elements to create greater atmosphere, thereby, the subject matter is transformed rather than recorded.
Her preferred medium is oils. The use of palette knives allow for the creation of rich texture resulting in a dynamic and raw energy.
With two very successful Dublin solo exhibitions, she participates in a number of other group exhibitions throughout Ireland.
She continues to exhibit at Art Source, Ireland’s premier Art Fair, Ideal Homes and House Event with great success. Her paintings are represented by The Blaithin de Sachy Art Gallery in Clifden, Co. Galway among other venues and are found in many collections both in Ireland and abroad.
You can view her latest paintings and have a chat most Sundays in Merrion Square (when its not too cold or too wet) also at the People’s Art Exhibitions in Dublin city centre, at regular intervals throughout the year.
Read here about feature articles of her work and international awards.
Read her Artist Statement here
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