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.
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.
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What is Donna's Background?
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
Awards & Recognition by National Body
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:
- Customer centricity.
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- St. Paul’s Secondary School, Dublin
- Lucan Community College
- Grifeen Valley ETNS Dublin
Teacher 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).