About the Artist

Donna Thomas

 

"Creating art is a personal, emotional and exciting journey and painting for oneself is the essence of true creativity."

Originally from Savannah, Georgia, Donna attended the School of Fine Arts at the University of Georgia in the early 70’s.  Taking an early departure from this program to study physical therapy, she returned to oil painting in the mid 80’s and studied under the direction of numerous local and nationally known artists.  Enjoying earlier success in the equestrian arts, the artist’s work has ranged from contemporary realism, abstract expressionism to tonal work.  Her current series using a limited montone palette is based on personal aspects of her life.  

Having owned two galleries in Atlanta, one which specifically held national juried exhibitions, has afforded the artist exposure to many types of work, genres, and mediums, as well as, exceptional artists in their medium.  

Donna now owns, directs and teaches at  The Art School in Sandy Springs.

 

PAST EXHIBITS:

Anne Irwin Fine Art (Atlanta)

Atlanta Artists Center

B.D. Jeffries, (Atlanta, Charlotte)

Bank of America Corporate Headquarters (Atlanta)

Buckhead Library (Atlanta)

Butler II Galleries (Clayton, Ga)

Chastain Arts Center (Atlanta)

Concept 101 Corporate Headquarters (Atlanta)

David Gallery (Atlanta)

4 Paces Gallery (Atlanta)

Frameworks Gallery (Marietta)

GASP! Gallery (Atlanta)

Huff Harrington Fine Art (Atlanta)

Landings Art Association Exhbition (Savannah, Ga)

Limelight Gallery (Atlanta)

Lookout Mountain Gallery (Chattanooga, TN)

The Art House Atlanta

The Defoor Center Gallery (Atlanta)

The Gallery at Paper Mill Village (Atlanta)

 

PRINTED WORK:

Arhaus

Bloomingdales

Crate & Barrel

LAZYBOY

Lillian August

Macy's

 

INSTRUCTION:

The Art School in Sandy Springs, Atlanta, GA

Binders Art School, Atlanta, GA

The Bascom, Highlands, NC (Palette Knife Painting)

Gallery Palette Knife Demonstrations, Atlanta, GA (The Art House Atlanta, Frameworks Gallery)

The Quinlan Visual Arts Center, Gainesville, GA

 

MAGAZINE ARTICLES:

Horses in Art, 2007

American Art Collector February 2011

Art Galleries and Artists of the South 2011

 

NATIONAL CHAIRPERSON:

Chair, National Show, Atlanta Artists Center

Co-chair, "Trees in Art", National Show, TREES ATLANTA

 

JUROR/JUDGE:

Il Chiostro, SOHO, NYC 2011

ArtsClayton, GA 2011

 

RADIO AND NEWS ARTICLES:

AJC (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

Northside Neighbor, Atlanta, Feature articles

Radio Sandy Springs

 

BOOKS:

A Studio Guide to Creating Encaustic Art

 

FUNDRAISER DONATIONS:

High Museum of Atlanta

Atlanta Opera

Zoo Atlanta


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