Donna Gross

Profile Image
Email hidden; Javascript is required.


Several years ago I was fortunately introduced to the world of birds. After learning my craft depicting the local landscape of the Central Coast and the seascapes of Monterey Bay, I find myself drawn to the endless amusement of my feathered kindred spirits as they beckon me to contiually look up to the canopy and beyond.My intention is to render my subject with the aliveness that I study and observe daily. I wish to depict birds not as illustration but as art alive with expression and movement.


Donna Theresa (b.1961) is an American artist from Los Angeles, California.

Her artistic journey began after a career in the medical field followed by the raising of her two now adult children.While studying in a community college figure drawing class, the introduction of color theory with soft pastel spurred the daily painting practice she now enjoys.Mostly self taught, Donna Theresa has studied under Marla Baggetta and other prominent pastel painters.

As an avid bird watcher, bird advocate, and human to a rescued parrotlet, she has found her calling in her feathered muses.Backyard birds are a daily observance and inspiration for her works in soft pastel and watercolor.

Donna Theresa is a signature member of the Pastel Society of the West Coast and a an associate member of the Pastel Society of America, the International Association of Pastel Societies, and others.Her work hangs nationally and abroad in private collections. She has been juried into national and internationalcompetitive exhibitions.

Curriculum Vitae

~Pastel Society of the West Coast / PSA - 36th International Exhibition /
July - Aug 2022 / Third Place Award / Contemporary Impression

~Coastal Art League / Kindred Spirits All Media Show / June - July 2022

~Pastel Society of the West Coast / Online Member Showcase
March 2022

~ Left Coast Pastel Painters Society / Pastels in Paradise
March 2022

~ Randy Higbee Gallery's 6" Squared Exhibition
Dec - Jan 2021 - 22

~ Open Studios Art Tour / Santa Cruz County
October 2021

~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 32019

~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 2019Awarded 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


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

First Friday Artist Registry

The First Friday Artist Registry is an opportunity to connect your work with First Friday venues, curators and general art-enthusiasts. Register today and create a profile that will be viewed specifically by people looking for artists to show. Setting up a profile takes minutes and you can update it and make changes anytime you like. An annual subscription costs only $40.