About the artist

Inspiration:

Self-taught artist Donna McGee has developed a unique style. She encompasses a diverse range of influences arising out of her love of travel, not least, the spectacular coastlines of Ireland.  Observing and 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, vibrant sunsets and the transformative effects of the ever-changing light, revealing a sense of extraordinary in the ordinary.  It creates an emotional response  and a spiritual connection within the wonder of nature.

Weather permitting, she paints outdoors (plein air) and  likes to visit Europe’s largest annual open air painting festival in Wexford  Art in the Open.

Process:

Donna works in oils and her paintings have an ethereal feel, most evident in her abstract work. Sometimes she incorporates surrealist elements to create greater mood and atmosphere, thereby, her interpretation of the subject matter is transformed rather than merely recorded. The use of palette knives allow for the creation of rich, tactile texture resulting in a dynamic and raw energy.

With  a number of successful solo exhibitions, she also participates in group shows throughout the country  and online internationally, including the premier art fair Art Source  where she enjoys great success.  Her paintings can be found in many collections both in Ireland and across the world.   She is the recipient of a number of  international awards. 

Donna was awarded tax exempt status for her work by the Irish State on the basis that her work is of cultural and artistic merit. 

She is a member of Visual Arts Ireland , Merrion Arts Association and The Dublin Art Society.

The Department of Education developed an Arts-in-Education BLAST Residency Programme (bringing live art to students and teachers). This initiative aims to support the integration of the principles and key skills outlined in the Arts in Education Charter and the Creative Ireland Programme (2017-2022) This initiative supports children and young people for the future, where skills like the ability to connect and collaborate with others, engage in creative and critical thinking and practice inclusivity at every level, paramount to peace, stability, sustainable economic growth and equality.
 
I am currently working on residencies with three schools:   St. Paul’s Secondary School, Dublin /  Lucan Community College / Grifeen Valley ETNS Dublin

About Donna McGee - Accreditation Logo Business All Star Leader Fine Art 2021

Donna was awarded the All-Star Lifestyle Leader Fine Art Accreditation in 2021 by AIBF.

The All-Ireland Business Foundation (AIBF) is an autonomous national accreditation body tasked with enterprise development and the promotion of Best-in-Class in Irish business.  It is an independently verified standard mark for indigenous businesses, based on rigorous selection criteria. The Accreditation is overseen by the prestigious All-Ireland Business Foundation, whose adjudication panel is chaired by Dr Briga Hynes of the University of Limerick and Kieran Ring, CEO of the Global Institute of Logistics.  It is measured on the basis of performance, trust and customer centricity.  

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