After suffering with seasonal outbreaks of what I learned to call PI, I began to look very closely at plants in order to identify and sometimes avoid. This observation became second nature and I have gone on to become an herbalist and master gardener. Now days I recognize this interest as an influence on my painting. Looking closely I view the repetition, design, coloration, structure and shapes that have become part of my vocabulary. See what I mean.....
Startspace gallery in Manchester, VT is opening their Spring Exhibition on March 31, 2018. I will be showing some of the paintings I have worked on this past year.
My surroundings are a constant source of inspiration. Seeing them as both negative and positive form I use the shapes and lines to instruct a changing view. The following are some works from 2005 to 2015.
Most of these are sold.
Drawing and painting from live subjects is continually part of the artist's challenge. I return to them often.
It is a joke among painters who live in the country, as one is often asked by viewers "Do you have any barns?" I love the iconic barn structure, it is an American architectural marvel, when you step inside the beauty of the construction speaks of a bygone era. However as a painter I moved on to different concerns after many years of painting them.
Dona Mara Friedman is an artist with a checkered past.