Early in her career, Donna owned an interior design firm and created both residential and commercial floor plans. In addition, she and her husband built new homes and renovated historic buildings. Their personal home was on a Texas tour showcase in 1974 and again in 1985. When the family moved to Galveston, Texas to renovate beach homes, Donna also designed and painted wall murals in the Ronald McDonald House, Shriners Burns Institute and the University of Texas Medical Branch-Child Life Center. She was commissioned to create several of Galveston’s Mardi Gras posters and (for four years) was chosen to design the city’s annual “Harborfest” shipping and advertising promotions.
Since she had always loved school, she attended college with her children and graduated with a Master’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Houston. After graduation, she began her career as an art director and graphic designer for the Moody Corporation, creating advertising and magazine ads for their banks and insurance companies. She also maintained a design studio and taught adult and children’s art classes.
In 2004, she moved to Flint, Texas and was employed by European Interiors for eleven years while continuing to renovate and “flip” homes with her husband in the East Texas area. In 2016, she designed and made costumes for the San Antonio Fiber Arts Fashion Show. She has won many art awards, has had numerous group and solo art shows in both universities and corporations and continues to show her work in art shows and galleries.
I became “hooked on art” at nine years old after winning first place in a city-wide coloring contest. Through the years I have painted everything from wall murals to designer apparel to children’s faces. I have been an interior designer, art teacher, graphic designer and art director. Since I love all forms of art, I became an “experimental artist” so I could implement a variety of artistic techniques into mixed-media art, ceramics, clothing and home décor. The city of Tyler has reproduced four of my watercolors and placed them on utility boxes throughout the area. Tyler is now becoming a center for the arts through various city venues.
I believe the purpose of art is to add enjoyment to our lives. Life is an incredible journey, so follow your heart…do what you love and love what you do! And always take time to daydream. Spend a few moments a day to stare in thought without direction or purpose. Take in the glorious colors of golden sunrises and orange sunsets, ocean blues and garden greens. Admire the dramatic splashes of color in gardens or lovely fields of wildflowers…those are the times you’ll find your most inspiring ideas.