Donna, like Jan Wilken, is also a member of the Jefferson Art Guild and has been passing her quarantine time painting for a cause. She painted pet portraits in exchange for donations to local Non-Profit Organizations helping our community during this pandemic. What a great idea!
Donna is quite modest of her talent, saying she is merely a painter trying to improve her abilities now that she has retired. She reached out to Facebook friends on March 30, 2020, to announce her idea to paint pet portraits for donations. The choice of non-profit organizations was up to the recipient of the portraits and worked on an honor system. Donation amounts were suggested based on her normal asking price of the portraits.
You may remember Jan Wilken from my story featured in Flapper Press, Works of Art in Jefferson Parish. I reached out to Jan and asked her if she created any paintings during the pandemic that I could share. Without delay, she said yes!
When I asked Jan how long she had been painting, “oh, all of my life” was her response. She started studying art with John McCrady in the early ’60s. (A Louisiana painter and print-maker, and has been referred to as the most important New Orleans artist of the 1930s and 1940s. Featured in articles in Newsweek, Time, and Life magazines. In 1939, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to document the faith and lives of African Americans in the South. Resource: www.thejohnsoncollection.org/john-mccrady ) Jan is a member and founder of the Jefferson Art Guild
If you are interested in her work, you can contact Jan Wilken through her website: http://www.janwilkenart.com/ or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I have been painting for most of my life. This may sound strange, but I actually started with “paint by number” on the canvas when I was a teenager. I did not realize that I was an artist in my heart, all I had was desire but no training.
I next ventured into ceramics and created masks and face jewelry in my business for 20 years. At the same time, I had the great fortune to meet a wonderful and amazing teacher, Carl Cramer, who taught me how to paint. How to see color, contrast, shape and so much more. He made me fall in love with painting in many mediums with a passion. I still have that passion and to be on an endless quest to learn and experiment.
I have been painting for over 50 years. I feel blessed.
Painting makes me feel excited, intense, happy and consumed with the love of the paints and brushes. I love the smell of the oil paints and the varnish when I finish a painting I feel exhausted and satisfied all at once.
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