Donna has been involved in the arts almost all her life. Coming from an artistic family she was encouraged from an early age growing up in a Sydney suburb to draw, dance and sing.
Donna decided in the 1970’s to pursue a career on the stage after realising that serious ballet just wasn’t fulfilling her need to perform on stage. After touring with a few shows including the original Lloyd Webber production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” Donna took a right turn into motherhood. And that changed her life forever.
It wasn’t until Donna took a job at a picture framer’s in 1984 that she began to think about the arts again. Donna experimented with oils and landscapes at first selling them at local charity art shows. She began exploring pencil sketching and developed a close relationship with pencil sketch artist Ron Driscoll, this too led to her life long love of the bush. But Donna missed “colour” and moved into pastels and watercolour pencils.
Donna’s fertile imagination enabled her to explore art from her own unique perspective, she has enthralled many art lovers with her wide range of make believe paintings and theatre figures. It wasn’t until the mid 90s that Donna began experimenting with acrylics and during this time Donna expanded into licensed product.
Donna closed her framing and gallery business in Sydney and moved to the far south coast of NSW and continued to produce licensed product from her bush studio and it was at this time she began teaching artists on the East Coast.
Another right turn saw Donna becoming more and more involved in the art world having her step by step projects published regularly in the “Australian Fine Art and Decorative Painting” magazine and later her first book published by Viking Folk Art Publications in the US for the world wide market. Donna began teaching throughout Australia and overseas including the Middle East, Asia and the Asia Pacific regions..
Donna eased back on teaching around 2006 and returned to exhibiting her works, for the first time in a number of years with a major exhibition at Boyd Fine Art Gallery at Struggletown. She then began expanding into other areas, painting on antique children’s furniture, whimsical art in the “Aussie Way of Life” series and more.
Recently Donna’s paintings have won awards such as Highly Commended in the Adelaide Swift Art Show, First and a Second prize at the Henry Lawson Art Festival and Best In Show at the Taree Arts Festival. She has Won best in Show at Raymond Terrace and Best Watercolour at Morrisett.
Donna’s paintings hang in Dubai, Britain, Germany, USA and Canada. She exhibits in art shows and continues to teach.currently working with asylum seekers, dementia groups and the area of mental health combining art and crafts as a leisure therapy.