About Donna

It’s All About the Art
Sometimes I feel like I should’ve been a botanist or biologist instead of a fine arts oil painter. I’m always searching to find information about my flora or fauna painting subjects. What are their habits? What are their lifespans? Where can they be found? My passion for the specific scientific knowledge increases my familiarity of each subject. I believe one should “paint what you know”.

I’ve been so lucky. Art wove through my early years in advertising and publishing. That resulted in the development of my personal dimension of oil painting over the last 20+ years – especially in the painting of incredible natural environments of undersea world marine life.

I spend most of each week plein air and/or studio painting. My work is represented by the Upstairs Art Gallery, Healdsburg, California and Corrick’s in downtown Santa Rosa, California. Two weekends each Fall I am a part of Sonoma County Art Trails at my home studio in Dry Creek Valley just outside Healdsburg, California. Contact me and I’ll let you know what the details are for this year’s event.

But It’s All About the Adventure Too
I’ve been a scuba diver since just after college. From Mendocino to Catalina, to Florida, plus all over the Caribbean and South Pacific. I’ve pursued scuba diving adventures, frequently on liveaboard dive boats. Each trip has added to the gigabytes of reference images; a lifetime of marine life painting reference material!

And I love the adventure of horseback riding. We had our own horses for quite a few years and took them all over Northern California to ride. Plus, Charlie and I went on three horseback riding adventures in Iceland in the 90s. One of our rides was 21 days long. We toured a large part of the western half of the island.

When I was in my 20s I was into bicycling. I rode halfway across the US with the 1976 Bikecentennial. In ’77 I went to Britain and did a Cotswold Hills tour with the British Cycle Touring Club. Then I went with another group of British riders to Bulgaria and rode around  the countryside there for 10 days. It was still behind the iron curtain then, quite the experience. Charlie and I did rides around California after that, but then switched to horses. Now I just hike, but not as much as I should…..

And It’s All About the Fun
Some of my biggest adventures in life so far have been riding a snowmobile to the top of Snaefellsnes Jokull in Iceland, snorkeling with a juvenile humpback whale for four hours, ziplining, flying in a glider plane that was catapulted from the ground, diving the wrecks of Truk Lagoon, etc. etc. I can be more mundane too. I love growing my flowers for bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. I love singing in the local community chorus and I’ve been known to can many containers of sauces, jams and chutneys. Check out the pictures of me below. It’s some of my scuba diving and a few snorkeling adventures throughout the world for the last 40+ years.

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