Artist Studio Donna McGee

Artist Statement:

As an artist, my greatest inspiration comes from observing the timeless beauty of the Irish landscape.  Always seeking to find and express the extraordinary in the ordinary, the transformative effects of light forever present in magnificent sunsets, stormy skies, and the rhythmic force of the ocean.

I paint the places that I have visited and linger in my memory – I want to share these with you and let them become part of your story.  I  aim to create paintings that are filled with mood and atmosphere  – sometimes photo-realistic, sometimes abstract,  ethereal and surreal.  It’s all a part of an exciting journey waiting to land.  I like to examine and explore the earths intrinsic and extrinsic layers and stimulate an emotional response.

Process:

I work in oils and love their vibrancy.  I use a palette knife and create great  tactile effects with layers of texture.   Being mostly self-taught, my process tends to me more intuitive rather than analytical.

Inspiration:

Living close to the Dublin mountains, I am blessed to be surrounded by magnificent scenery! 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).  Challenging in a fun way to capture the rapidly changing light or when it rains and the wind can steal the canvas or even the easel!  I like to visit the annual plein air painting festival in Wexford  Art in the Open. 

Inspiration is ubiquitous – travel gives rise to experience new panoramas and 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 welcome.

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

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