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Donna Brown lives on a lake in the Frontenac Arch Biosphere north of Kingston, Ontario, where she paints in her large studio.
Her current focus (2021) is to paint expressive abstracted portraits and figurative work. She wants to show strong smart women, and is quite excited to begin this work now, once again focusing on people.
Recently, she was inspired by the natural world, walking every day in the woods. Daily practices of yoga and meditation also greatly contribute to her vision and to the images she made. Her works have been described as geological, glacial, celestial, serene, ethereal, powerful and spiritual. She hopes all of her works share how she sees both her inner and outer worlds with the viewer - both worlds wonderful and magical places.
Donna Brown has painted since the 1970s but began her full-time career over 25 years ago when she moved to Kingston. Contemporary portraits and oil paints were her favourites at that time. Then, for many years, she used acrylic paint, enjoying the product for its speed of drying and flexibility for changes. She is now painting on gold leaf paper and rice paper, using Japanese mineral paints, Sumi ink, acrylic, or oil and cold wax, and also acrylic and an iPad Pro. She feels extremely fortunate to be able to paint whatever inspires her at the time, using whatever materials seem appropriate
She finds the variety of artist materials and inﬁnite ways to use them fascinating, which keeps the creative process challenging and interesting.
Donna believes that painting often expresses that which cannot be conveyed through words. She hopes to communicate and share her vision and passion with the viewer.