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About Donna

“As an emerging artist, I am choosing to see my surroundings differently. Whereas before I glimpsed at the face of my loved one or a stranger on the street,an everyday apple or pear, or the hazy hills in the distance; today I see shape, value, texture, movement, and thus emotion and narrative. I imagine how I might render these observations and then I practice…. I do not surrender to the voice of comparison. I carry on in a spirit of curiosity and gratitude that I may find my way. On that journey, I ultimately find a part of myself undiscovered.”


DonnaTheresa came to her current artistic fervor following the first stroke of a soft pastel stick on an ordinary piece of Canson pastel paper in a community college class. DonnaTheresa had been dabbling in drawing classes with a focus on figure drawing from a live model. This particular semester, she was introduced to the world of color through the pastel medium and the obsession grew from there. That was a little over two years ago. Working in the pastel medium started out slowly but has since grown into a daily professional practice.
DonnaTheresa is a fine artist living in Santa Cruz, Ca. Her roots began in Los Angeles where she grew up and lived until 1988. After graduating from nursing school and working for a year in the city of her birth, she made her exodus and travelled and worked in her field. She practiced her career in nursing for 10 solid years before starting a family. Now the children are grown and off to college and she finds herself at the easel everyday. Everything is good in the world with a stick of chalk in her hands! Mostly, DonnaTheresa is drawn to landscapes but can be inspired by figures and the occasional still life.
DonnaTheresa is mostly self taught . She has taken instruction from master pastelist Marla Baggetta. She has juried into a number national pastel exhibitions to date and continues to compete at this level as she considers it a way to “step up her game.” Viewing life through artist’s eyes has brought great joy her. It is with gratitude that she shares this joy with you.

Curriculum Vitae

Capitola Plein Air 5th Annual Competition
Oct 31 – Nov 3 2019
Central Coast Plein Air Painters / A Toast to the Coast Exhibition
September 2019
Pastel Society of North Carolina / Pure Color Online International Exhibition
August 2019
Pastel Society of Colorado / 15th Annual Mile High National Pastel Exhibition
May 11 – June 29 2019
-Pastel Society of the West Coast / Pastels USA International Open ExhibitionPastel
May 16 – July 14 2019
Pastel Society of Southern California/ Pastel at the Ebell
April – May 2019
Pastel Society of the West Coast 33rd Annual Pastels USA International Open Exhibition
May16 – July 14, 2019
California Central Coast Pastel Society/ 1st Annual Spring Exhibition
April – May 31, 2019
Pastel Society of the West Coast Member Online Exhibition
February – March 2019

89th Annual Statewide California Landscape Exhibition
March – April 2019

Central Coast Plein Air Painters Exhibition: Art, Love, and Wine
February 2019 Awarded Third Place

Pikes Peak Pastel Society “The Color of Light”
Jan 12 – May 5 2019

Fourth Annual Capitola Plein Air Paint Out
Nov 1 – 4 2018

Open Studios Art Tour Santa Cruz County
Oct 6-7 & Oct 20-21 2018

Santa Cruz Art League ; Planet Pulse – A National Art Exhibit
August 10 – September 9, 2018

Pastel Society of North Carolina – Pure Color 2018 National Exhibition
Aug – Sept 2018

Spotlight Gallery Solo Show ;Santa Cruz Art League
July 6 – August 3, 2018

Sierra Pastel Society 12th Biannual PASTEL-ON-HIGH Internantional Exhibit
July 24 – August 12, 2018

The Pastel Society of Colorado
14th Annual Mile High National Pastel Exhibition
July 12 – August 27, 2018

2018 Northeast National Pastel Exhibition
June 23 – July 29, 2018

Pacific Grove Library “Built for Books”
April – July 2018

Pastel Society of Southeast Texas: Art of the Pastel National Exhibition
April/ May 2018

Arizona Pastel Artists Association: 2018 Open Juried Pastel Exhibition
March/ April 2018

Central Coast Plein Air Painters Exhibition: Art, Love, and Wine
February 2018 ~Excellence in Pastel Award


Pastel Society of America
International Society of Pastel Societies
Sierra Pastel Society
Pastel Society of the West Coast
Santa Cruz Art League
California Art Club
California Central Coast Pastel Society
Pastel Society of Southern California

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