The Art of Donna Young
Donna Young is an award-winning fine artist working in impressionist oils and pastels. She is represented in galleries nationwide and has been featured in over thirty solo and group exhibitions during her career. Donna specializes in commisioned paintings that turn homes into bright, welcoming spaces, and works closely with clients to match decor and design.
"I strive to move away from traditional representational oil painting by using the two-dimensional space of my canvas to impersonate the ‘atmospheric perspective’ of depth. With bold color and incorporating fluid structure, a question is irresistible: What lies above? You, the viewer forms the answers playing in the reflections. Three different planes of existence appear to gracefully float within one space. Melding together the vertical sky, horizontal water, organic material and the rhythmic circles of motion create a juxtaposition that is vibrant, yet peaceful. The spirit of intrinsic nature is created.
My style today involves the influences of different cultures, eras and techniques that I have been exposed to throughout my career. I push to evolve and learn from the medium itself. I love how accidents and the unpredictability of the mediums often guide me into a meaningful conclusion.
By using sparkling tones set in lush landscapes and opulent water reflections, I layer textures to allow me to connect the viewer to a stunning appreciation of our natural world. When I put brush to canvas, I always begin anticipating a certain end result, but the outcome is usually far from what I set out to achieve. To me, this is not a failure, but rather letting the process unveil my inspiration. Painting is a powerful medium, and when I work, I am at peace in a meditative state of mind. To me, my pieces have a melody that sing in an array of colors with a spiritual feel. I believe in letting my work guide me and to accept the composition and colors that it demands to create a lasting piece of visual poetry.
These are reflections of my soul."