Morag is based in Ranafast, near Dungloe in one of Ireland’s many Gaeltacht areas, and she draws her inspiration from beautiful unspoilt golden beaches, the hills of Donegal, the wild and unforgiving Atlantic Ocean and the imposing Mount Errigal, towering above the landscape.
The Bloody Forelands
The pandemic gave Morag the chance to concentrate on what she truly loves, and that is to paint. She paints a lot of local scenes, and images of this wee area of the Gaeltacht can be seen all over the world. She has been asked to paint Cnoc Fola 6 times to date, and these have found homes in Massachusetts, 2 in London, Dublin, Perth, Scotland and Gaoth Dobhair.
Prints of Cnoc Fola are also hugely popular and can be purchased here.
The Bloody Forelands, so called because of the way the sunset captures the red granite in the rocks.
Oilean na Marbh, Carrickfinn
Another location that is very popular is Oilean na Marbh, Carrickfinn, a beautiful island with a tragic history.
It has been commissioned 4 times, each commission requiring something new: children playing on the beach/ grandchildren and engaged couples featuring in the scene. This is also popular in print form with young couples, moving away from home for a time, a print to have with them & hang on their travels, and so Morag adds personal messages on the mounts should you wish. Prints can be purchased here.
Kincasslagh and its Cows
A print from home is the perfect gift when moving into a new home, moving away, getting engaged or married, life events marked with memories of home.
Other popular scenes from the NW Donegal Gaeltacht include
- Port Arthur
- Cnoc Fola
- Oilean na Marbh
- Boat Strand
- Mullaghdearg Highlanders (Pauline Bonner’s Highland Cattle which reside in Kincasslagh and have a huge following on Instagram)
to name but a few.
Limited edition prints are available of Jenny and Clyde.
Mount Errigal - the Mummy of Donegal
It doesn’t matter where you are in Donegal, you can pretty much always see Errigal poking its head up above the hills, or standing proud and alone on the horizon.
Morag’s own favourite view is from Braad/ Carrickfin looking over to Ranafast and Gweedore, and she often stands there looking over when she am down walking.
But you can never tire of painting Errigal and Morag has captured her from every angle, and will undoubtedly continue to do so.