I was born in Scotia, Humboldt County, California.  1947

I am married.  I had 3 children.  Two are living.  I have one Grandchild.

I have been painting for more than 40 years.  

I strive to make curious, thought provoking, spiritually profound paintings that bring the viewer closer to the Natural World.  

My subjects revolve around the rivers and forests of my home.  I portray myths that are shown to me by Nature. 

Futuristic themes are sometimes woven into my imagery.

Boulder Bar Studio, The News

I will be participating in the "Duets" show at the Piante Gallery.  The opening is on June 2nd 2018 and runs through July 14th.  This is a pairing of artists and writers.  Piante Gallery is located at 620 2nd street, Eureka, CA.  

The painting "Spiritual Spawning Among the Pillars, December 4th 2016 Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park" will be shown for the first time. 

"Duets", Writer Susan Hagemann has paired with me to write about my painting and process.  She will be giving a reading of her words and I will be talking about the painting on July 12th, 2018 at the Piante Gallery at 7pm.




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