Artist Statement

My vision and creative challenge as a figurative and abstract expressionist, has been to explore and render the ancient and ‘yet to be discovered’ emotional caverns of the soul, as seen through the lens of the seasons of life. 

I have long been intrigued by the portal into this “Other” and enigmatic world.

Ironically, it was in the realm of the unknown that I discovered a haven for self-discovery and  giving my art a voice; a wordless dialogue of colour, lines and shapes that best communicates,  between the viewer and myself, the revealings of my heart.

My creative process relies on the intuitive promptings that emerge after I place a mark or colour  on my canvas. It is a constant battle between faith and fear, riddled with undermining currents of doubt and uncertainty as to what I will chose to believe. I never know what direction I will be going or when I am actually finished, until silence and time determines if I truly have said what I wanted to say.

Creative diversity is the language that best echoes my voice and mirrors my vision.

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Born in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec in 1948.

Resides in Lakefield, Ontario.

After graduating as a registered nurse in the early seventies, Donna and her husband moved to  Huntsville and started their family.  It was during this time in Muskoka that Donna experienced a creative awakening that would mark the beginning of her journey as a self-taught artist into the realm of representational expressionism.

She harvested many of her inspirations for drawing and watercolour painting while canoeing in Algonquin Park.

Their move to Peterborough in 1987 offered Donna a cornucopia of art workshops that equipped her with an extensive reservoir of knowledge and techniques. 

For thirty-two years representational expressionism proved to be invaluable in training her eye to see but failed to capture what she felt.

In 2014, Donna started exploring abstract expressionism and discovered it as a portal for infusing emotions into her art.

Diversity of expression and medium became the language for exhaling the breathings of her heart.

Currently her art practice includes figurative abstraction, mixed media and abstract expressionism.