Dana Winder

Landscape and Garden Paintings

Dana Winder is an Irish landscape painter working largely in oils on canvas. Born in Dublin she is a self taught painter. She studied History of Art and has been influenced by traditional and contemporary artists alike. Her work is largely inspired by the natural landscape, trees and plants.

These nature paintings are primarily based on the unique landscape and flora of Co. Kerry where she lives much of the time. Here you find rugged mountains with purple slate exposed in places, landscapes with native birch and willow trees, wild Atlantic seascapes, shoreline and beaches full of ochres red and browns of seaweed at low tide. All of this and more feature in her delicate oil paintings. These works display Dana's wonderful sense of colour from her use of subtle shades of green in trees and summer landscapes to rich and muted ochre of hills and fields in and crisp purples and browns of winter scenes. Colour is a strong driving force in her work and she likes to paint outdoors to accurately capture the all the tones and hues of what she paints. Local scenes from near her home are of particular interest to the artist. Generally painted plein air (on location) these landscapes, garden and tree paintings have a sense of the atmosphere and mood of the scene.

She also has a love of pattern and over time it has become increasingly important in her work. Patterns and simple forms being the building blocks to more complex forms and shapes. She works in oils using brushes and palette knives. 

Many of these landscape paintings she has painted 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 large plein air landscapes.

Dana's Kerry garden and landscape paintings are on display in the Purcell Gallery Kenmare, Mermaid Gallery Co Kilkenny and her Studio at Castlecove. 

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Contact:  Dana Winder, Behaghane, Castlecove, Co. Kerry, Ireland.  Mobile: +353 877712942