I was born in Scotia, Humboldt County, California,1947. I have been painting for more than 45 years.  

I am a Neo Naturalist. My subjects revolve around the rivers, forests and all manner of plant and animal kingdoms of my home. The constantly fluctuating interaction of these kingdoms springs imagery to my mind, using this imagery I strive to make curious, thought provoking paintings with the overarching feeling of reverence. My work balances on the line of dualities between loose and tight, humor and distress, what we have and what we are loosing on our jewel of a planet, Earth. Destructive futuristic possibilities are sometimes woven in to point to the dangers to our planet. This sometimes makes my work distressing to look at but the point is bio devotional.




I work on rag paper, linen or panel.  I paint with oil and egg tempera.  I also use gold, silver and copper leaf.  I paint, abrade, crack and repeat many times.  This creates a unique texture and depth to the surface.  The size of my paintings vary from a few inches to 8 feet.


Dona Blakely is a Green Visionary                                                                                                Her paintings spring from the heart of Mother Earth.  You don't just "look" at her pictures-you engage in feeling, and knowing, WITH them, as they murmur the location of your true belonging.  Her paintings settle your heart, while simultaneously unsettling your conscience, prompting you to ask "what more can I do?" to preserve the Eden of this planet.

Her art is luminescently mysterious, blood-direct and an invitation to return to our true Home.

Susan Hagemann,                                                                                                        Healer,Writer, Grandmother

Dona Blakely artist, "The Reveal" show at the Piante Gallery, 4-1-17

Conjuring the Breath of Life