Donna McGee Art Studio - Artist Statement

Artist Statement

Where I get my inspiration

I am a visual artist working from my studio in Dublin for over 20 years, my inspiration and passion surrounds the observance of the timeless beauty of the Irish landscape.

My aim is to find and express the extraordinary in the ordinary and share that magic with you. 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 on 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 – 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 landscape and abstract paintings is exciting and I can tailor them to your needs. I also like to delve into themes of smaller paintings with a particular focus. 

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.    

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 license 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.

Painting en Plein Air

Weather permitting, I paint outdoors (en plein air).  Oftentimes challenging  to capture the changing light in a rapidly moving climate.  (It has been known to happen that the wind steals the canvas and comes back for the easel – and as for the weather with four seasons in one day – don’t even go there! 

I like to visit the annual plein air painting festival in Wexford  Art in the Open and I attended the seven day Dublin Plein Air Festival this year for the first time – a super experience.  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.  

Sometimes I will be just as happy to paint outdoors in my garden when the sun shines.

Get in Touch

I am very grateful to those who have placed their confidence in me and purchased my paintings which have found homes in many collections across the world. Knowing that they bring joy to others is an absolute honour and enables me to pursue my passion – painting!

Donna McGee Artist Statement

 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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