Artist Statement

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

ArtArtist Statement - Donna McGeeist Statement

My paintings are inspired by the love of the Irish landscape.  I am drawn to capture the play between  light and shadow,  rugged coastlines, earthy bog-lands and misty  mountain-tops. 

Coming from a background in financial services coupled with raising a family -life was hectic!  Instead, I chose  to pursue my lifelong passion in the creative process and develop my artwork. Consequently, I set up a studio at my home and followed my dream!

Fascinated by the amazing colour and cloud formations of the Irish sunset –  I never tire of watching clouds evolve and dissolve over the horizon.   Hence, it could be said, that I sometimes go around with my head in the clouds.  Capturing  the essence of this beauty is my goal.

I would like to paint like a bird sings - Claude MonetMy preferred medium is oils.  I also like to work with a palette knife  while creating layers of rich texture and vibrancy.  Being mostly self-taught,   my process tends to be more intuitive rather than analytical.

Inspiration all around me

Surrounded by magnificent scenery, I am blessed to live  at the foothills of the Dublin mountains.  It’s fun  to go hillwalking,  equipped with my camera, I am always ready to capture the landscape and preserve a moment in time.  I make quick  sketches  and work them up later in my studio from my photo references.  I sometimes rearrange and edit to create harmonious compositions.   

Weather permitting, I  paint outdoors (en plein air).  This creates a sense of immediacy to capture the changing light.  It also helps to loosen up my brushstrokes because of the speed at which one has to work.  This can be somewhat challenging but rewarding at the same time.  I am a regular visitor to Europe’s largest open air painting festival in Wexford  Art in the Open. 

Artist Statement, Love Irish Art - Donna McGee Landscape Artist

Exploring the world through travel gives rise to experience new panoramas and cultures.   It has an inspirational impact on my work and creates a different perspective.  This is  something  I enjoy going in whatever destination the painting journey dictates.

You can read more about my travels here

I have had two very 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 including Art Source,   Ideal Homes and The House Event.

You can catch me most Sundays at the open art exhibition in beautiful Georgian Merrion Square  and at The People’s Art in St. Stephens Green, Dublin at regular intervals throughout the year (not quite so frequent when it’s cold – Brrrrr!)

So what can I do for you?

I believe that art is for everyone.  I aim to keep my artwork at competitive prices, thereby making it attractive for you to brighten a dull space with one of my paintings.  Hopefully this will bring you enjoyment  for many years to come.

Contact me    If you wish to enquire about any of the paintings on this site or if you have a special image that you would like captured in a unique painting, I would be pleased to discuss this further with you.  A good photo is always helpful.

Prints and Greeting Cards:

Limited editions Giclée prints are available which are individually numbered and signed.  Also I have a select number of greeting cards available for purchase. 

Thank you for visiting my website. Stay in touch!


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