Donald McKay

Donald was born in Belfast and now lives in the Kingdom of Mourne, Northern Ireland. He began painting in 1982 through the encouragement of his father, who was a painter himself.

From his pencil and watercolour sketches through to completed works; ‘plein air’ painting is at the centre of Donald’s work and forms the basis of all his paintings.

Over the past few years, he has taken to communicating most of his subjects in oils and feels that certain works lend themselves better to the oil technique giving much needed texture to express certain scenes.

Plein air oil sketch, Kinbane Castle, North Antrim Coast

Donald is solely motivated by the effects of light on a subject rather than the subject itself and is appreciative of the abundance of magnificent scenery located on his doorstep. Having been a keen rock climber, a lot of his subjects today are in the Mourne Mountains and along the scenic North Antrim Coast.

Oil sketch, Vaucluse, Provence

Moreover, he continues to make regular painting trips to the hilltop villages of the Luberon in Provence and the picturesque archipelago of the Sodermanland coast in Sweden.

Donald’s aspiration is ‘to capture the essence of light in each of his subjects’