Dee works in oils, mainly with palette knife, to achieve texture, tone and depth. A signature theme of her work is the play of light on water.
Large skies, reflected light, cliffs, the changing moods of the coastline, the juxtaposition of the sea and the surrounding landscape, mountains and hidden lakes, bog lands, heather in sunlight - all inspire Dee. Walks on coastal paths looking down on the sweep of a beach at tide’s ebb, or along moorland tracks which lead to distant places provide her with colours and shapes and contours of the scenery that she loves to observe...
Yet she paints from her memories. Dee paints from her studio in West Cork.
Trained in Devon, London and Ireland, Dee has exhibited successfully since 2000 and has been included in selected group shows in London (2012/13), Dublin, Cork City and West Cork. She has had solo shows in 2007 and 2010. Her work is in private collections in Ireland, the UK, mainland Europe, USA, Hong Kong, and South Africa as well as with corporate clients and the Office of Public Works. Dee’s painting ‘Dreaming of West Cork' is on display in Brussels at the headquarters of Ireland’s representative to the European Union.
In 2008 her work was selected for the Oireachtais Exhibition and in 2009 and 2012 she was invited to exhibit in the CASe exhibition at The Lavit Gallery in Cork city.
In 2012 her painting 'Calm in the Estuary' was voted as Cork's Favourite Painting by the public.
In 2013 Dee’s work was shown at the prestigious 20/21 International Art Fair in London, by the Russell Gallery.