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PLAYHOUSE ART SPACE Gallery open from 1 pm until 4 pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays

DONNA STRAW – Upon Reflection

About the artist

When beginning a painting I derive my inspiration from an actual place or reinvent one by incorporating images from a variety of different places. Regardless of what I have seen, the work is a stylized interpretation of the real as well as the imagined.

Color fuels and feeds my passion. My use of color is spontaneous and intuitive. Ultimately my pieces are each unified and cohesive, but it is the journey and the process of discovery that excites me- the color mixing, my choice of palette, the placement of one color next to another in order to create contrast, harmony and/or the use of values and intensities to create the illusion of light and spatial depth. As spaces are resolved and other spaces present themselves as a challenge, the painting takes on a life of its own. After teaching Art with great intensity for 35 years, I am now able to harness the energy I poured into my students and find fulfillment in my work as a painter. How lucky for me!

In addition to Donna’s gorgeous paintings, 72 prints of her whimsical drawings are also for sale. Each print is 4”x 6” and matted in a plastic sleeve. $100. Prints can be mailed to you!

A small portion of all art sales goes to MV Playhouse.

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