Donna Clark is widely acclaimed for her masterful use of color and an inherent ability to create light infused images. Her oil paintings have a dreamy quality to them, very impressionistic and abstract. Her color choices are dramatic and evoke references to the landscapes around her in Virginia as well as her travels throughout the Southwest and Europe.
Of her work, Donna states, “I never know what will attract me when I am out and about. I am drawn to images that define the stark architecture of the landscape. Sometimes it is a special light that falls over the most ordinary buildings and vistas. Often the texture and the color of a meadow, a tree, a wooded plot on the side of the road inspire me to observe them through the lens of my camera. Light is everything and it is connected to all that falls within … the land, the sky, the texture of life that is the make up the universe.The art of documenting the world around me offers a profound sense of belonging in the moment. A snapshot in time translates into my inner consciousness and then I create abstract paintings referencing the natural world.
As a painter I use my love of color and an inherent ability to create light infused images of imagined landscapes. I strive to impart a dreamy quality to my paintings – very impressionistic and abstract. My color choices are dramatic and evoke references to the landscapes around me in Virginia as well as in my travels throughout the American Southwest and Europe.
I do my finest work in my studio/gallery located alongside my historic home at The Old Aldie Rectory built in 1803, I am inspired by the sunrises, sunsets, clouds, rain, mist and sunshine. I seek to capture in my paintings and photographs atmospheric illusions of light that transcend subject matter and evoke abstract images related to natural elements.”
An American Contemporary Artist born in New York City, Donna Clark lived most of her life in the Lower Hudson Valley. She studied painting, printmaking and photography at Bard College where in 1972 she earned a BA degree in painting. While attending Bard she developed a passionate interest in printmaking and photography. She had the unique opportunity to study monotype printmaking with the renowned master printmaker Matt Phillips, photography with noted contemporary photographer Doug Baz and painting with Alan Cote.
Donna has exhibited her work throughout New York State, including New York City, and New England. Her work is represented in many individual and corporate collections. and she has received numerous awards and honors for her work. She received a CAPS Individual Artist Fellowship in Painting from the New York State Council on the Arts and several Individual Artist Grants for Painting and Printmaking from the Dutchess County Arts Council.. In April of 2012 as a guest artist she presented “Horizons” a one person exhibition at the prestigious gallery at ArtSquare in Leesburg, VA. In June of 2012 she had a one person exhibit at The City Meat Gallery in Winchester, VA. In 2014 Donna mounted two widely acclaimed one person exhibitions at Atelier One in Charlottesville,VA and the Duvall Designs Gallery in Millwood, VA. Her work can be found in galleries and fine shops in throughout The Hunt Country in VA.
Donna is represented by Live an Artful Life Gallery in The Plains, Virginia and the Berkley Gallery in Warrenton, VA. . Donna was selected for the Art of the Piedmont Artist Showcase for 2014, and Art Comes Alive, an artist juried exhibition in Cincinnati, Ohio at ADC Fine Art. and was awarded a purchase prize for her painting as well. She is very involved in the Arts locally and is a core administrative member of FAP website- Fine Art Professionals of Northern Virginia. Donna is the owner of The Old Aldie Rectory Studio Gallery, LLC that is open to the public by appointment or by chance.