Contemporay Landscape Paintings
Dana Winder is a contemporary landscape painter. She paints the Irish landscape it's plants, trees and gardens in representational and semi abstract styles. She is inspired by the natural environment and it's wild unspoilt places. Much of her work is painted outdoors en plein air near her home on the south Kerry coast which has some of Ireland's most beautiful and distinctive scenery. Her paintings depict all types of scenes from mountains, hills, bogs to beaches and seascapes. These paintings are a vivid and delicate portrayal of the Irish landscape. A lover of colour Dana Winder's oil paintings sensitively capture the changing tones and hues of the countryside through the seasons. Painting outdoors while looking at the subject matter enables her to accurately capture colours and something of the mood of the scene. Her paintings of plants and trees in summer greens, autumn reds and ochres along with winter purples are a testament to this.
She is a self taught painter and has painted since childhood. She began using oil paints in her twenties. Initially painting with oil paint sticks which is something of a transition between drawing and painting. Progressing then to using oils with brushes and later to palette knives. She now works with all these tools and combinations of them.
Dana commonly prepares her own canvases and uses both linen and cotton. Linen differs from cotton canvas in having a stronger grain and is a darker fabric. In many of her works she paints on linen which she has primed using transparent primers to retain the natural tones of the fabric. This often gives the paintings a very natural earthy look that contrasts well with the effect of palette knife. Leaving areas of the linen bare she creates an impression of the images appearing to emerge from the canvas. This distinctive feature of her work can be seen in many of her plein air landscapes.
She likes to paint using both palette knives and brushes. With palette knives
she builds up textured impasto style areas of the canvas which contrast against flatter areas of colour created with brushwork.
These Kerry garden and landscape paintings are on display in the Purcell Gallery Kenmare and her Studio at Castlecove, Co Kerry.
Contact: Dana Winder, Behaghane, Castlecove, Co. Kerry, Ireland. Mobile: +353 877712942