My husband, Gerald and I lived in Saskatchewan all of our lives, except for a wonderful 10 years we decided to live on the ocean in Nova Scotia, 2007-2017, we call it our extended holiday. This is where my creativity got reactivated. I originally started painting in 1978 so I could cover my walls with vivid memories of good times. I love taking pictures, and, after a holiday, I would always find a few pictures that would inspire me to create a special painting for myself. With working full time, and having three children, it left me little time to paint. So after moving to Nova Scotia, leaving our three grown children behind, and living in a wonderful place, with awesome scenery, and many creative artists, I started painting full time. In 2012, I started selling my work and attending Plein air paint outs, and in 2015, I opened up Donna’s Galley, in Bayside, Nova Scotia. After 10 wonderful years, and grandchildren starting to arrive, we decided it was time to move back to Saskatchewan. So as of July 2017, Donna's Gallery, moved to Buena Vista, Saskatchewan, where it is located on the shore of Last Mountain Lake, about 30 minutes NW of Regina. We decided to move to Buena Vista, which is part of Regina Beach, because I needed to be close to water, Gerald needed to be close to an airport, and it has a wonderful art community.
I feel art is a very personal thing. In my paintings I like to capture a moment in time, a memory. My home is full of paintings that I enjoy looking at each day and reliving that holiday, or that peaceful moment in time. I especially like painting water, and the landscape, that makes me feel, so in awe. I sometimes like to have only one person in a painting, in the landscape, just to show how small we are in this wonderful land, and the wonderful feeling it is, to just soak it all in. I paint in both oil & acrylic, and would love to paint a special painting, just for you, that brings you a feeling of peace and serenity.
I have a selection of paintings for sale, where I have felt that I have captured a peaceful moment. I also have a selection of plein air paintings. Maybe I have painted that special place, for you, which will conjure up some wonderful feelings. Maybe you would love to give someone a special gift. I do know, I find my paintings, give my home that special feeling, and wonderful energy, where I can just sit, and enjoy looking at them.
Please call me at 306-570-2096 to arrange a time to drop in and have a look, or if you are in the neighbourhood, take a chance and knock at the door, 1291 Grand Ave, Buena Vista, Saskatchewan. You will see a Donna's Gallery sign out front.
Here is a little history of my painting career. 1988, I took my first oil painting class, and in 1999, I attended the University of Saskatchewan; Emma Lake Workshop. Over the years I have taken other classes, and continued to paint for myself. It wasn't till 2012, I decided to take my painting to a whole new level.
The following are events and shows that I have been a part of since 2012;
2017 paintings in the Last Mountain Lake Culture Center
2017 Joined the South Shore Art Guild
2017 Dalhousie Medical School Water Week Art Exhibition
2012 – 2017 Member of the Peggy's Cove Festival of the Arts and was part of their Studio Tour. Granite Spring Golf Club displayed my paintings for the 2017 Studio Tour as we had just moved.
2012 – 2016 “Paint the Town” plein air painting event, Annapolis Royal, NS
2013 – 2016 “Paint Peggy's Cove” plein air painting event, Peggy’s Cove, NS
2016 Displayed some of my paintings at the Uniacke Estate Museum Park in Mount Uniacke, NS, for their 200 year celebration
2016 Displayed some of my work at the RBC in Tantallon, NS
2013-2015 Member of the Lunenburg Art Gallery
2013 – 2016 Peggy's Cove Festival of the Arts, Studio Tour
2013 Conducted a show called "Our Wilderness" with three other artists at 1313 Hollis Street, Halifax, NS
2012 “Paint Sea on Site”, Lunenburg, NS
You can also see some of my work displayed for sale at;
Tripp's Gallery; 268 St. George St., Annapolis Royal, NS
Shaw’s Landing Restaurant; 6958 Prospect Road, West Dover, NS
Granite Springs Golf Course; 4441 Prospect Rd, Bayside, NS
Me and My Family 2011
Our Family is Growing 2016