Donna Gross

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Bio

I am a fine artist living in Santa Cruz, Ca. My roots began in Los Angeles where I grew up and lived until 1988. After graduating from nursing school and working for a year in the city of my birth, I made my exodus and travelled and worked in my field. I practiced my career in nursing for 10 solid years before starting my family. Now my children are grown and off to college and I find myself at my easel everyday. I found the obsession of pastel painting about a year ago and haven't stopped. Everything is good in my world with a stick of chalk in my hands! Mostly I am drawn to landscapes but can be inspired by figures and the occasional still life. Viewing life through artist’s eyes has brought great joy to me. It is with gratitude that I share 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, 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.

Curriculum Vitae

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 the West Coast

Santa Cruz Art League

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