Artist Statement -Art-Studio-Donna-McGee-

Artist Statement

As an artist 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 and share that magic with you.  I like to take note of the transformative effects of light on the subject matter.  This creates mood and atmosphere – a luxurious mix of  photo-realistic / abstract / ethereal / surreal qualities. I like to paint places that I have visited that have lingered in my mind.  I am drawn to the allure of brilliant sunsets, stormy skies contrasted against the rhythmic force of the ocean. I am spoilt for choice with Irelands’ stunning scenery – the Wild Atlantic Way  with 1,600 miles of rugged coastal beauty.  Also, Ireland’s Ancient East,  the land of myths and legends, and the birthplace of Irish culture. 

Creating BIG  statement pieces is exciting and they can be tailored to your needs. I also like to delve into themes of smaller paintings with a particular focus.  My paintings can be found in many collections across the world. 

Artist Process

Oil paint is my favourite medium because I love its vibrancy, a fusion of tones or rich and vivid colour.  Coupled with the use of a palette knife, great  tactile effects with layers of texture can be achieved.   Best results happen when many layers are built up but it can be a slow process because of the drying time. I like to take creative licence by adding surrealist elements to add to the mood of a painting.  My process tends to me more intuitive rather than analytical as I am self-taught.

Artist Inspiration

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.  (It has been known to happen that the wind can steal the canvas and 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.  

Get in Touch

Get in Touch

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

Commissions  are welcome.  Give me a call and we can discuss your requirements.

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

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