In my education, I have explored several different media and ways to create. I have always needed to work with my hands whether it be clay, textiles, glass, metals or paints. I have had success with many but none have captured my heart as the feel of a buttery, soft stick of pastel rubbing across a surface, making sense of what I am witnessing in front of me. So the media is all important but the subject also is what inspires what I do with the Pastel. Landscapes seem to be at the forefront of what I see and wherever I go, I look for those contrasting values or the drama of a composition which just demands my attention. I do paint other subjects but feel the most artistic when looking at a sea of grasses or a stand of trees and apply what I know as an artist, to create something with emotion and feeling. This is my focus and hope for each piece I begin.
As a young girl, always drawing, Donna began to develop her skills and passion for making art. New Jersey was her first home but she traded it for Tennessee where she earned a B. A. In Studio Art at George Peabody College in Nashville. After college she found herself in Vermont where she met her husband John. They married and moved to Upstate NY near the Adirondack Mts. and Lake Ontario. They raised two children, one of each, and worked as Artisans participating in high end craft fairs for several years.
When the demands of traveling for craft fairs became difficult, Donna went back to college to get certified to teach art and earned an M. S. In Education with a Speciality in Art from SUNY Oswego. She taught Elementary Art for 25 years. She has been retired for several years now, giving her time to experiment and explore her techniques and style of painting. Recently, Donna and John have moved to SC where she can continue painting and taking her inspiration from the beauty she is finding here.
Workshops in Pastel Painting have created an opportunity to work and learn. She has worked with Albert Handell, Liz Haywood Sullivan, Richard McKinley, Christine Ivers and Deborah Quinn Munson in Pastel and Plein Air painting. Recently, she attended an Oil Painting workshop with Shanna Kunitz.
Her paintings have been included in the Connecticut Pastel Society shows, Renaissance National Juried Exhibition and Purely Pastel Exhibit. Since moving to SC, Donna has had pieces in the Blue Ridge Art Center, Anderson Art Center and Gateway Art Center juried shows.