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Donna Theresa


“Every morning I sip my coffee while watching the birds who visit our feeders. Every afternoon I take a brisk walk along the coast or in the woods and I look up. I'm usually looking up at the birds or the trees. Then I think about how to create my muses on paper. I paint with soft pastel for the immediacy and instant gratification it gives me. Pastel forgives my many mistakes and allows me to try and try again."


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 three 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! DonnaTheresa is inspired by figures in nature with an affinity for birds and backyard wild animals. Landscapes are often a subject she paints with seasonal references. An occasional still life captures her attention.

DonnaTheresa is mostly self taught . She has taken instruction from master pastelist Marla Baggetta. She has juried into a number national and international 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 her great joy.  It is with gratitude that she shares this joy with you.



Pastel Society of the West Coast / Pastels USA ~35th International Exhibition / August 2021

Adirondack Pastel Society 7th Annual National Exhibition / July - August 2021

Central Mass Pastel Society Marks of Distinction 2021 / June-July 2021

Pastel Artists of Oregon International Juried Exhibition / October 2020

Pastel Society of America Enduring Brilliance Online International Juried Show / September 2020

Adirondack Pastel Society Online Juried Show / July 2020

Central Coast Plein Air Painters Wine and Canvas Exhibition/June 2020/Honorable Mention

Pastel Society of the West Coast / Member Online Exhibition / March 2020

Art Council of Santa Cruz County Art Exhibit @ Santa Cruz County Government Center/ Jan-Mar 2020

Central Massachusetts Pastel Society Online International Show/Nov-Dec 2019

Capitola Plein Air 5th Annual Competition/Oct 31 - Nov 3  2019

Open Studios Art Tour Santa Cruz County/ October 2019

Central Coast Plein Air Painters / A Toast to the Coast Exhibition/Sept. 2019 Awarded Third Place

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 2019
Pastel Society of the West Coast / Pastels USA International Pastel Exhibition/May-July 2019
Society of Southern California/ Pastel at the Ebell/April - May 2019
California Central Coast Pastel Society 1st Spring Exhibition/April 2019

Pastel Society of the West Coast: Online Member Juried Exhibition/February 2019

89th Annual 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 -August 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 WineFebruary 2018 ~Excellence in Pastel Award



Pastel Society of America

International Society of Pastel Societies

Pastel Society of the West Coast

Santa Cruz Art League

California Central Coast Pastel Society