Donna Theresa

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Bio

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 four years 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, she 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. Everything is good in the world with a stick of chalk in her hands! DonnaTheresa is inspired by figures in nature with an affinity for birds and backyard wild animals. Landscapes are often a subject she paints with seasonal references. An occasional still life captures her attention.

DonnaTheresa is self taught learning through observation of others in her medium. Donna Theresa is a member of the Pastel Society of America, the Pastel Society of the West Coast, and others. She has exhibited her work in national and international competitions.

Artist Statement

“Every morning I sip my coffee while watching the birds who visit our feeders. Every afternoon I take a brisk walk along the coast or in the woods and I look up. I'm usually looking up at the birds or the trees. Then I think about how to create my muses on paper. I paint with soft pastel for the immediacy and instant gratification it gives me. Pastel forgives my many mistakes and allows me to try and try again."

Curriculum Vitae

~Pastel Society of the West Coast / Pastels USA / 35th International Exibition

August 2021

~The Adirondack Pastel Society 7th Annual National Exhibition

 July 7 - August 14, 2021

~Central Mass Pastel Society Marks of Distinction 2021

June 27 - July 31, 2021

~ Pastel Artists of Oregon Spirit of Pastel 2020 International Exhibition

October 2020

~ Pastel Society of America Enduring Brilliance International Exhibition

September - October 2020

~Adirondack Pastel Society National Online Juried Show

July 2020

~Central Coast Plein Air Painters Wine and Canvas Exhibition

June 2020 ~ Honorable Mention

~Pastel Society of the West Coast Online Member Showcase

January 2020

~Art Council Santa Cruz Exhibition @Santa Cruz County Government Center

January - March 2020

~Central Massachusetts Pastel Society National Online Exhibition

November 2019
~Capitola Plein Air 5th Annual Competition

Oct 31 - Nov 3  2019

~Central Coast Plein Air Painters / A Toast to the Coast Exhibition

September 2019

~Pastel Society of North Carolina / Pure Color Online International Exhibition

August 2019

~Pastel Society of Colorado / 15th Annual Mile High National Pastel Exhibition

May 11 - June 29 2019

-Pastel Society of the West Coast / Pastels USA International Open       ExhibitionPastel

May 16 - July 14 2019

-Society of Southern California/ Pastel at the Ebell

April - May 2019

-California Central Coast Pastel Society 1st Spring Exhibition

April 2019

-Pastel Society of the West Coast : Online Member Juried Exhibition

February 2019

-89th Annual Statewide California Lanscape Exhibition

March - April 2019

-Central Coast Plein Air Painters Exhibition: Art, Love, and Wine

February 2019  Awarded Third Place

-Pikes Peak Pastel Society  "The Color of Light"

Jan 12 - May 5 2019

-Fourth Annual Capitola Plein Air Paint Out

Nov 1 – 4 2018

-Open Studios Art Tour Santa Cruz County

Oct 6-7 & Oct 20-21 2018

-Santa Cruz Art League ; Planet Pulse – A National Art Exhibit

August 10 – September 9, 2018

-Pastel Society of North Carolina – Pure Color 2018 National Exhibition

Aug – Sept 2018

-Spotlight Gallery Solo Show ;Santa Cruz Art League

July 6 – August 3, 2018

-Sierra Pastel Society 12th Biannual Pastel On High International 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, 2018

-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

MEMBERSHIP

Pastel Society of America

International Association of Pastel Societies

Pastel Society of the West Coast

Santa Cruz Art League

California Central Coast Pastel Society

Pastel Society of Southern California

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