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June 8, 2018
Twelve Pieces by Contemporary Artist
Donna Theresa (Born 1961)
Feature Artist Bio
By permission of the artist, The Cyber Art Show is pleased to feature the first of two 12-piece exhibitions of works by American painter
Donna Theresa (born 1961 in Los Angeles, California).
Donna Theresa is a fine artist living in Santa Cruz, CA. Her roots began in Los Angeles where she grew up and lived until 1988. After graduating from nursing school and working for a year in the city of her birth, Donna made her exodus and travelled and worked in her field. She practiced her career in nursing for 10 solid years before starting a family. Now the children are grown and off to college and she finds herself at the easel everyday.
Donna came to her current artistic fervor following the first stroke of a soft pastel stick on an ordinary piece of Canson pastel paper in a community college class. She had been dabbling in drawing classes with a focus on figure drawing from a live model. This particular semester, she was introduced to the world of color through the pastel medium and the obsession grew from there. That was a little over a year and a half ago. Working in the pastel medium started out slowly but has since grown into a daily professional practice.
Everything is good in the world with a stick of chalk in her hands! Donna is drawn mostly to landscapes, but can be inspired by figures and the occasional still life.
Donna is mostly self taught. She has taken instruction from master pastelist Marla Baggetta. Her works have been juried into a number of national pastel exhibitions to date. She continues to compete at this level as she considers it a way to "step up her game." Viewing life through artist’s eyes has brought great joy to her. It is with gratitude that she shares this joy with you.
“As an emerging artist , I am choosing to see my surroundings differently. Whereas before I glimpsed at the face of my loved one or a stranger on the street, an everyday apple or pear, or the hazy hills in the distance, today I see shape, value, texture, movement, and thus emotion and narrative. I imagine how I might render these observations and then I practice.... I do not surrender to the voice of comparison. I carry on in a spirit of curiosity and gratitude that I may find my way. On that journey I ultimately find a part of myself undiscovered.”