Donalda O’Neill

For me, painting the landscape is about connecting with a place. I want to capture the energy and character of a place rather than try to depict a particular location.

My current work explores what I see and feel on my return trips to Ireland from the Wirral. I am drawn towards the bleak and desolate landscape of the North Coast and Donegal in particular. Landscapes that are both incredible and impossible at once. Returning to places that are imbued with memory creates nostalgia for half remembered places and the joy of discovering something new in the familiar. The sense of holding onto the intangible details of a place as I travel through, chasing something that is in constant flux, the transiency of the moment, becomes important. A landscape which is immediate and distant, continually changing, while somehow remaining strong, constant and eternal keeps me coming back again and again.

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