624 South Main Street
Grapevine, Texas 76051
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Donna Park

I was born in Hopkins, Missouri into a family of nine children. I married a wonderful man that made his living and a home for our three sons in the airline business in the Midwest. In 1969 we made our way to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.

Living in Texas soon gave us a reason to want to go into horse ranching and breeding. We bread our Appaloosa horses to show and compete in both National and World levels in the Halter category. My interest in horses soon inspired a new interest in sculpting them in clay. With that in mind I decided I needed and wanted to enter school to improve my skills with sculpting.

I entered Texas Woman’s University in Denton wanting to take sculpture and any courses that would be good in giving me the knowledge of sculpting. It was not long before my interest in painting came into focus. I finished my undergraduate work with a BFA, in 2007. During the time I was doing my undergraduate work I also, studied at the Kimball Art Museum between 2001 and 2002 for a year. I received my Master’s degree at Texas Woman’s University in December of 2015.

One of the highlights of my undergraduate work was when the late Chair Person of the Art Department asked me to exhibit two of my paintings at the newly remodeled Red Bud Theater at the TWU campus on opening night. TWU, also purchased a painting in 2007, it hangs in the Dance Studio on campus.

The inspiration of my work is to bring color to the canvas and the interweaving and meshing together of colors. The colors seem to bounce off each other creating an emotional response as in a musical composition. Sometimes shapes emerge out of thin to thick acrylic paint creating a resemblance of imagery in the work. A soft and heavy gel medium is added to make a very tactile finish in which to carve spontaneous gestural marks, this allows the paint to communicate lively and energetic joy in the work.

In recent work there have been layers of horizontal, vertical and diagonals using transparent washes with gradation in color to add depth to the color field. Spatial planes are implied with the lines. The use of line, value and impasto in the composition makes it appear three dimensional. These add textural variations with hard edges that are unpredictable emerging through the surface.