Tree Paintings

 Tree paintings of native Irish tree species including ash, birch, oak, willow and hazel. Dana Winder's oil paintings of Ireland's deciduous trees are impressionistic in style. They represent trees in all stages of their annual cycle from leaf budding in spring to heavy foliage in summer, changing leaf colour in autumn, through to winter bareness. Living in the Irish countryside the artist is constantly witness to these changes and her wonderfully colourful paintings of birch and beech trees in autumn along with oak trees in winter and willows, and alder in spring and summer are testimony to that. Many of these works were painted in the artists garden in Kerry or in nearby locations. The paintings have an essentially Irish feel to them being of native species and set in the Irish countryside. The focus is on tree structure, branching habits, leaf pattern and colour. 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 outdoors throughout the year 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 ochre of autumn.