DonnaTheresa 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. DonnaTheresa 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. DonnaTheresa 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,DonnaTheresa 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 andshe finds herself at the easel everyday. Everything is good in the world with a stick of chalk in her hands! Mostly DonnaTheresa is drawn to landscapes but can be inspired by figures and the occasional still life. DonnaTheresa is mostly self taught . She has taken instruction from master pastelist Marla Baggetta. DonnaTheresa has juried into a number national pastel exhibitions to date and 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 her. It is with gratitude that she shares this joy with you. Artist Statement 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.
Original Pastel Fine Art
Membership Pastel Society of the West Coast Santa Cruz Art League
Fourth Annual Capitola Plein Air Paint Out Nov 1 - 4 2018 Pastel Society of North Carolina - Pure Color 2018 - National Exhibition Aug-Sept 2018 Santa Cruz Art League ; Planet Pulse - A National Art Exhibit August 10 - September 9, 2018 Spotlight Gallery Solo Show ; Santa Cruz Art League July 6 - August 3, 2018 Sierra Pastel Society 12th Biannual PASTEL-ON-HIGH Internantional Exhibit July 24 - August 12, 2018 The Pastel Society of Colorado 14th Annual Mile High National Pastel Exhibition July 12 - August 27, 2018 2018 Northeast National Pastel Exhibition June 23 - July 29 Pacific Grove Library "Built for Books" April - July 2018 Pastel Society of Southeast Texas : Art of the Pastel National Exhibition April/ May 2018 Arizona Pastel Artists Association : 2018 Open Juried Pastel Exhibition March/ April 2018 Central Coast Plein Air Painters Exhibition : Art, Love, and Wine February 2018 ~Excellence in Pastel Award