Donna Straw

About Donna Straw

When beginning a painting I derive my inspiration from an actual place or reinvent one by incorporating images from a variety of different places. Regardless of what I've seen, the work is a stylized interpretation of the real as well as the imagined.

The subject matter lends itself to my hard-edged painting style which is clean, crisp and carefully planned out.  The juxtaposition and distillation of imagery-such as boats, rocks and architecture, aids me in the way I design each piece. So much is about the spatial relationships between all of these elements. Once I am satisfied with the composition, I am ready to work with color. The piece has been designed in such a way that I am challenged until it is complete. It is as if I've created a puzzle for myself to solve.

Color fuels and feeds my passion. As of late, I have warmed up my palette and some of the hues may be more saturated, but my use of color is spontaneous and intuitive. Ultimately my pieces are each unified and cohesive, but it is the journey and the process of discovery that excites me-the color mixing, my choice of palette, the placement of one color next to another in order to create contrast, harmony and/or the use of values and intensities to create the illusion of light and spatial depth. As spaces are resolved and other spaces present themselves as a challenge, the painting takes on a life of its own.

Upon reflection, I paint the peace-a moment at a time.