"I've always wanted to create. As a willing slave to the senses, I am inspired by what I see, hear and touch. Intricate details fascinate me and I am truly in love with color. I believe that art can comfort the heart, soothe the soul and heal even the greatest wounds. 'Home is where the art is'."
Donna L. Byers, owner of The Bigger Picture Studio & Galleria and a member of The Federation Of Canadian Artists, is a self-taught artist, living in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, Canada. Living in Osoyoos, the breathtaking mountain and desert views, the abundant wildlife and the warm weather are a great source of inspiration for her. Having spent her childhood in the Muskoka Lakes region of Ontario, Canada, Donna was captivated by the beauty of nature all around her and began painting at a very young age. Donna spent 35 years raising a family, building several businesses and tending to the many needs of others before finally returning to her easel in 2015.
Donna's work is detail-oriented, strongly influenced by her fascination with the fine details of things, like the subtle color changes in a rock formation or the intricate veining in a simple leaf. Donna also loves the beautiful designs and patterns found in European architecture and ancient ruins. Her favorite artists are Monet, Da Vinci, and Dali. Although Donna's subject matter varies greatly, her use of vivid colors and her linear style have resulted in the creation of several award-winning works of art. Donna's work has been featured through Artist Portfolio Magazine, Light Space & Time Gallery, Artsy, Colors of Humanity Gallery, Fusion Art, The Healing Power of Art & Artists and The International Gallery Of The Arts among others.
Donna is still working several days per week but spends her off time painting. While partial to oil paints, Donna occasionally works with acrylics or watercolors and loves to experiment with new methods and mediums to challenge her abilities and refine her skills.
Greatly influenced by the five senses, Donna's art tends to focus on the things that bring joy to the heart, fond memories to the mind and comfort to the soul. Interesting subject matter, linear style and the use of brilliant colors make her 'romantic-at-heart' nature shine through.
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist