Monday, May 21, 2012

FEATURED ARTIST - DONNA CAMERON

Donna Cameron
How long have you been a member of the GCWS and why did you join?
I joined GCWS in 2008 when Mary Marxen (who got me started in watercolors) brought me as a guest.  I loved watching the artist demos and seeing what shows and workshops were available.

Have you held any positions with the GCWS; if so, what positions?
No.
What are some of your artistic achievements?
I’ve participated in all the GCWS shows since I’ve been a member.  I took a class at Baker Hunt and have gone to several workshops at Cheap Joe’s in Boone, NC.  I especially enjoy making cards from my paintings – personalized birthday and get well cards and notecards with scripture verses.
Describe your usual procedures for creating a painting.
I start with a photo I particularly like or work from a live setup and enjoy both.  Usually I do a thumbnail sketch – Susan Grogan got me into that habit. Also, sometimes I’ll do a small quick painting to try out colors, etc.
How long have you been painting.
I started in watercolor about four years ago and painted in acrylics many years prior to that.  I did a lot of decorative painting on wood items and had a small craft business for a few years.  Also, I loved painting on fabric with acrylics and fabric dyes.
Where do you get your inspiration for paintings?
I take a lot of photos – sometimes one will just beg to be painted.  I love color and especially enjoy painting flowers.
Are you a teacher?
No.

Where do you see yourself in the future?  (ie., is painting a hobby; will you enter shows; do you see yourself teaching?)
Painting for me is a very enjoyable hobby.  I want to continue exhibiting my work in shows and go to workshops, etc. whenever I can.

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