Dublin born artist Donna McGee with a background in financial services, always had a passion to paint.
Juggling a very hectic schedule with family commitments and a busy work life, she chose to pursue her love of painting. Consequently, she set up a studio at her home. Immersed fully in “the dream” she set out to create beautiful, atmospheric and affordable art of her much loved Irish landscape for all to enjoy.
Largely self-taught she developed a unique style, encompassing a diverse range of influences. With a 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 in her work is central to her love of painting.
She is drawn to the allure of stormy skies and vibrant sunsets. Capturing this light contrasted against the dynamic force of the ocean draws an emotional response. It creates for her a spiritual connection with nature.
Weather permitting, she paints outdoors (en 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 particularly when she gets absorbed in abstract work. She sometimes incorporates surrealist elements to create an atmospheric effect, thereby, the subject matter is transformed rather than merely 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.
Donna has had two very successful Dublin solo exhibitions and participates in a number of group exhibitions throughout Ireland.
Her paintings are represented in collections both in Ireland and abroad.
You can read here about feature articles of her work and international awards.
Read her Artist Statement here
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