Artist Statement

Art Studio - Donna McGee
My studio – the sacred ground and where it all happens!

Artist Statement

Donna McGee Artist Statement Profile PhotoMy greatest inspiration comes from observing the timeless beauty of the Irish landscape. Magnificent sunsets, stormy skies evolving and disappearing over the horizon, contrasted against the rhythmic force of the ocean.

I paint the places that I have visited and remain in my memory – the places I want to share with you and to make them become part of your story.  I create paintings that are filled with mood and atmosphere almost, ethereal and surreal – sometimes photo-realistic, sometimes abstract, it’s all a part of an exciting journey waiting to land.

Process

I work in oils and love the vibrancy.  I use a palette knife and create great  effects while building  texture.   Being mostly self-taught, my process tends to me more intuitive rather than analytical.

Surrounded by Inspiration 

 Living close to the Dublin mountains  and surrounded by greenways and parks, I feel blessed. Exploring this countryside, my camera is ready to capture the landscape and preserve a moment in time.  Using the photos for reference, I make quick  sketches  and work them up later in my studio to make harmonious compositions.    

Weather permitting, I  paint outdoors (en plein air).  Capturing the changing light, means I have to work quickly. Definitely challenging when it rains, or, the wind steals your canvas and runs away with your easel, but it’s fun!  I am a regular visitor to Europe’s largest open air painting festival in Wexford  Art in the Open. 

Exploring the world, travel gives rise to experience new panoramas and diverse, rich cultures of taste, colour and smell.  This is so inspirational and creates a whole new perspective allowing the painting dictate the journey.  

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Continuing my love of learning, I am presently undertaking  a Postgraduate course in Trinity College in Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship which I am very much enjoying.

Where you’ll find me

I have had successful Dublin solo shows.  My work is represented in a number of venues including The Blaithin de Sachy Art Gallery in Clifden, Co. Galway. I exhibit in many group exhibitions throughout Ireland including Art Source,   Ireland’s leading art show,   Ideal Homes and The House Event.

 

Contact me here if you would like to discuss the availability of any of the paintings on this site. Commissions welcome.

Thank you for visiting and taking an interest in my work.

 

 

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