Doreen Drennan is a traditional style artist specialising in landscapes, seascapes and gardens. She has been living and painting in Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare for almost 25 years.
She studied at the National College of Art in Dublin and was tutored under the direction of the late Henry Healy RHA. Having studied with a strong restricted palette she then progressed to develop her own technique when she moved to Co. Clare, where she was so influenced by the atmospheric skies, the moody landscapes and the wild Atlantic. Her preferred medium is oil on canvas and the palette knife features strongly in her paintings.
Doreen draws her inspiration from the magnificent scenery which abounds all around her locality from the Cliffs of Moher to the fishing village of Doolin, the uniqueness of the Burren to the boats at Kinvara and on up to the wild exotic beauty of Achill Island where she was born. Her painting technique has been described as loose and fluid, using brush and knife to create the shapes and images, and her palette carefully chosen and mixed to portray the fleeting light and the misty and often dramatic colours of the West of Ireland.
Her work has been selected for many private and corporate collections from Connemara to Chicago and Japan and can be found in many top galleries in Ireland. Her studio in Lisdoonvarna is open to visitors and because of the romantic element in many of her paintings her work is much sought after for weddings and anniversaries.
Doreen had one of her paintings used as front cover of Maeve Binchy's book entitled "A week in Summer" in 2007.
She also holds and Hons. Dip. in Interior Design from the Connaught College of Design.
2008 Tides Gallery, "Boats & Beaches", Liscannor, Co. Clare
'2006 Lahinch Art Gallery - entitled 'Storm Clouds Over Doolin'
20'04 Dobbins Gallery, Dublin - entitled 'From Clare To Here'
Group Exhibitions (from 1985 to present)
Kenny's Art Gallery, Galway
Combridges Fine Art Gallery, Dublin
DeVere-White RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin
Tuckmill Gallery, Naas, Co. Kildare
Greenlane Gallery, Dingle, Co. Kerry
Lahinch Art Gallery, Co. Clare
Bold Art Gallery, Galway
Ennis Art Gallery, Co. Clare
Merriman Summer School Exhibition, Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare
Russell Gallery, New Quay, Co. Clare
Frank Lewis Gallery, Killarney, Co. Kerry
Cliffs Of Moher Exhibition Centre Co. Clare