Born, Scotia, Humboldt County, California,1947. Painting for 45 years.
I see a split in humanity between the ones that adhere to the natural world and the ones that surround themselves with technology. At present the focus of my work deals with this crux. As a person living deep within nature I feel compelled to portray the natural world as a place of sanctuary for the body and spirit. I aim to present the sacred value that the Earth gives us….in a curious manner.
There have been two main artistic influences of my life. The first was Brenda Tuxford. She encouraged me to be bold and just “go for it”. The other as Morris Graves, one of the original artist of the “Northwest School” movement. I had the great honor to have known him and to have shown my work along side his.
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
Conjuring the Breath of Life