Donna Cariker

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Donna Cariker

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.

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