If you looked at my Instagram feed, you would find I follow almost as many artists as I do designers. Much as with decorating, where I bemoan the fact that I only have so many rooms in my home to design, with art I cry because I only have so much wall space to fill!
Whenever possible, I try to promote original art by living artists, both in my own home and in my clients.’ While it’s not always possible to fill a home with originals for budget reasons, a few choice pieces become family treasures — truly Forever Home heirlooms!
It’s been a while since I did an artist profile, and there are so many I’d like to share with you! Some of these artists may yet be “under the radar” or whose following is growing, but still have affordable options for most homeowners who want to venture into investing in original art. So, for the next few months I’ll be bringing you one artist per month. Enjoy!
Donna Walker: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
All images courtesy of Donna Walker unless noted.
Amy: How did you start painting?
Donna: After getting my master’s degree, I really started playing around with paint. I painted very realistically; scenes from my travels and people, then gradually moved to simplify my compositions.
My strength has been my color mixing. I could not explain what I do, but my mind swirls with choosing colors that play off each other, and I mix several colors together to achieve unique blends.
The writer Carson McCullers has a saying:
Donna: Although I have sold through galleries in that time, I have gotten a lot of clients through Etsy, where I sell my smallest paintings. I try to keep these reasonably priced for people starting to collect art, and have had many clients come back again to buy something larger. It creates my own audience, which has built gradually over the years. These small paintings sell out quickly now but I will have a new selection coming in June.
And there you have it! If you’ve enjoyed this artist profile, check out these art related posts from the past:
I’ll be opening enrollment again for my 8-week online course “The Home Glow Method, my Step-by-Step System to Decorating Your Forever Home For Keeps” again in April.
See what Fall 2020 students are saying:
“You will more than cover the cost of the course by minimizing mistakes. Also, the access to customization options is invaluable.”
“The value I’ve gained out of the course is more than worth the cost of enrollment for sure!”
“I feel a lot more confident. Rather than doubt and frustration I know I just have to keep going and complete the plan before I buy anything. I also love thinking about decor in terms of how our home can be a support my family’s well being.”
“I have a plan!!! And I now have an understanding of what goes into a plan so I can apply the same approach to other rooms!”
Head to the info page for an overview and a few more testimonials from the Fall 2020 Class of The Home Glow Method. Be sure to get on the waitlist so that you don’t miss the short enrollment period!