Artist Studio Donna McGee

Artist Statement:

Working from my studio in Dublin for over 20 years, my inspiration comes from observing the timeless beauty of the Irish landscape. I aim to find and express the extraordinary in the ordinary.  Taking note of the transformative effects of light on the subject matter creates mood and atmosphere – a luxurious mix of  photo-realistic / abstract / ethereal / surreal qualities. I like to paint places that I have visited that linger in my memory.  I am drawn to the allure of big sunsets, stormy skies contrasted against the rhythmic force of the ocean. I am spoilt for choice with Irelands’ stunning scenery especially throughout the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s Ancient East.

I create large statement pieces that are tailored to your needs and also a range of smaller themed paintings.  My paintings can be found in many collections across the world.  I accept commissions. 

Artist Process:

Working in vibrant oil paint and the use of a palette knife  creates great  tactile effects with layers of texture.  My process tends to me more intuitive rather than analytical as I am self-taught.


Apart from the magnificent scenery throughout Ireland, I am blessed to live close to the Dublin mountains, This makes it easy for me to explore, always camera-ready to catch a moment in time.  With these photo references, I can later sketch up in my studio and make harmonious compositions.    

Weather permitting, I  paint outdoors (en plein air).  Oftentimes challenging  to capture the changing light in a rapidly changing climate and the wind steals the canvas, then comes back for the easel – great fun!  I like to visit the annual plein air painting festival in Wexford  Art in the Open. 

Inspiration is everywhere and travel gives rise to experience new panoramas, diverse rich cultures of taste, colour and smell.  It creates a whole new perspective allowing the painting dictate the journey.  

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

Commissions  are welcome.

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

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