read 6 different aspects about Donna McGee, the artist

Where does Donna get her 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 the extraordinary in the ordinary.  It creates an emotional response  and a spiritual connection within the wonder of nature.

Weather permitting, she paints outdoors (en plein air) and visits open air painting festivals in Ireland  Art in the Open in Wexford and Dublin Plein Air

What is her Process about?

She likes to work 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.  She has lately developed a keen interest in encaustics.

Where will you find her?

With  a number of successful solo exhibitions, she 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.

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What is Donna's Background?

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Donna formerly worked in the financial world and studied at the Michael Smurfit  Graduate Business School (University College Dublin).

Her interest in learning continued and she went on to study Digital Media Production, specialising in Graphic Design at the Digital Skills Academy. She recently completed a post-grad in Trinity College Dublin,  Creative Thinking, Entrepreneurship & Innovation

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Awards & Recognition by National Body

ALL IRELAND BUSINESS FOUNDATION ACCREDITATION
Artist Donna McGee Lifestyle Leader Fine Art

Donna was awarded the All-Star Lifestyle Leader Fine Art Accreditation in 2021 by The All-Ireland Business Foundation (AIBF)

The All-Ireland Business Foundation 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
  • Customer centricity.  

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Artist Residencies

BLAST -bringing live art to studendents and teachers
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.
Donna has recently completed art residencies with three Dublin schools:
  •  St. Paul’s Secondary School, Dublin 
  •  Lucan Community College
  •  Grifeen Valley ETNS Dublin

Teacher Artist Partnership

TACHER ARTIST PARTNERSHIP

Donna participated in the Teacher Artist Partnership Summer 2022 programmme.

Teacher-Artist Partnership (TAP) CPD for Supporting & Enhancing

Arts in Education in Ireland (Primary Schools Initiative)

Teacher-Artist Partnership (TAP) CPD is a unique Department of Education and Skills initiative which commenced on a pilot basis in 2014/15 in response to the objectives outlined in the Arts in Education Charter. This initiative is guided by the principles expressed in the Arts in Education Charter (2012) and Pillar 1 (Creative Youth) of the Creative Ireland Programme (2017–2022).

Teacher-Artist Partnership (TAP) CPD for Supporting & Enhancing Arts in Education in Ireland (Primary Schools Initiative) Teacher-Artist Partnership (TAP) CPD is a unique Department of Education and Skills initiative which commenced on a pilot basis in 2014/15 in response to the objectives outlined in the Arts in Education Charter. This initiative is guided by the principles expressed in the Arts in Education Charter (2012) and Pillar 1 (Creative Youth) of the Creative Ireland Programme (2017–2022).
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