Donna Cheryl Brown has been involved in the visual arts throughout her life. Even as a child, art was always her passion. As an adult, she took classes and studied art while teaching school part time, travelling extensively, and raising her family. In the mid 90s after moving to Kingston, she decided it was time to pursue her career fully. Over the past twenty five years she has painted and studied art continuously, honing her abilities in diverse ways.
She has shared her knowledge and skills, supported other artists, and has been a dedicated contributor to the arts community. She is a member of the Kingston General Hospital Art Committee which started a community gallery inwww the hospital in 2015. She also volunteered, teaching ‘Art as Expression’ with patients in the the Mental Health Ward for over five years. Believing in helping art students, she created a Bursary for St. Lawrence College, and is the Scholarship Co-ordinator for another art group in Kingston. She is always wiling to share knowledge and inspiration with other artists.
Now living on a lake in the Frontenac Arch, she often finds subject matter for her abstract paintings from nature, daily in close contact with the land, water or ice, trees, and skies. She also finds inspiration for her work through her practices of yoga and meditation.
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When I approach a canvas, it is seldom with a pre-determined plan. However, if I do have a plan I become so involved in the process of painting that changes occur and the finished product is always different from the original conception. Abstract works have become fascinating for me, allowing total freedom of expression. The variety of materials and infinite choice of ways to use them keeps the creative process challenging and interesting. Painting often expresses that which cannot be conveyed through words. Although knowledge and competency are important and necessary, I believe the best artwork expresses feeling, conveyed through the artist to the viewer.
Art works often evolve after my meditation and yoga practices. Japanese mineral paints, acrylic, ink, oil and cold wax, gold leaf paper, rice paper and various metallic leafs are materials I now use to help me express my vision. It has been an exciting adventure, becoming even more so as time progresses. I plan to continue letting the work lead me in a direction which feels joyful and satisfying. It is my greatest wish to have viewers of my work have feelings of joy and wonder as well.
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