About the project

I have been painting most of my life; most of that time I have painted representational artwork, much of it photo realism. My inspiration has always been the ever changing ocean, the life it contains and the treasures that are washed up on the shore. I also create botanical illustrations as seed package artwork, which is very detailed. Having worked in theater as a set designer and scenic artist for 20 years, I started to learn the freedom of using large paint brushes with large gestural strokes. Theater gave me the freedom to put down the 3 hair brushes and experiment further. Education wise I have a BFA from the
School of Visual Arts, and an MA from the University of Northern Colorado. Viewing exhibits in museums of color field paintings and abstract expressionism excited and inspired me. Walking up to a large color field painting is a religious experience for me; letting the colors envelop me evokes emotions. I was thrilled by The Women’s Abstract Expressionism Show at the Denver Art Museum, and felt that I needed give a lecture educating those who were curious about abstract art and women’s part in it. I also needed to do this after I overheard as many negative comments as positive ones and I knew it was simply that they didn’t understand what they were viewing. I have also created classes on abstract art
from the history of abstract art to abstract studio painting classes.

I observe the world around me always noticing colors and the play of light on the hues around me, guiding me to my next painting. My love of the sea still continues in some my paintings. Experimenting with how colors work together
and creating compositions with form, color, and emotion brings me great joy.

Find her online:

Website: donnaclementart.com

Instagram: @donna_clement_visualart

Facebook: Donna Clement Visual Art