Tree Paintings

Being a nature lover Dana has always liked to paint trees and woodland. Some of her earliest paintings were of parks in Dublin and then the woods in Derrynane Co. Kerry. Derrynane is a particularly wet and warm part of Ireland so the trees are typically very green and often have moss and lichen growing on them. A number of her other tree paintings were painted on location in Bushy Park in Dublin. Beech trees in autumn and oak trees in winter were painted here. Most of the recent works were painted in the artists Kerry garden or in nearby locations and are of birch trees or willows which are so common in Kerry. Generally painting native trees these works have an essentially Irish feel to them. The focus is on tree structure, branching habits, leaf pattern and color. A progression of style can be seen in these paintings from a lighter brushwork of early works to a generally heavier application of paint often using palette knife in later works. Painted through the seasons the hallmark of these tree paintings is a beautifully rich and subtle use of color with a palette of soft spring greens, deep summer green shades to the rich reds and ocher of autumn.

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