Donna Slade Featured Floral Artist

Donna Slade discusses her work with artGuide

Donna Slade, Winter Red, 2013, colored pencil on board, 16" x 20"

artGuide art news blog monthly editorial theme was floral for May. Out of New Bern, North Carolina Donna consider's colored pencil her primary medium with hopes to bring new layers of emotions throughout her pieces. 

Donna's work is contemporary realism. She has worked primarily in colored pencil but has also experimented with pastels and acrylics. She enjoyed a 30-year career in art direction, graphic design, and illustration. Looking past the obvious, close observation and a unique artistic interpretation of a subject is my process. Using dramatic lighting, strong composition and a full range of value she achieves a level of accuracy with bold, vibrant colors packed with emotionally charged energy. I apply 10-25 layers of color working from dark to light— a process which creates a painting effect.

Her choice of subject come form a place of intuition that is fueled by a desire to capture that subject and present it in such a way that will stir unexpected feelings and thoughts fro the viewer.

Publications:

Strokes of Genius 9, Best of Drawing Inspiring Subjects

The Best of Colored Pencil Society of America Signature Showcase

Colored Pencil Treasures Colored Pencil Masterworks Around the Globe

Colored Pencil Treasures Volume, I, II, III, IV, V

The Best of American Pastel Artists & Artisans

rganizations:

Co-Owner of Fine Art at Baxters Fine Art Galelry, New Bern, NC

Signature Member, Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA)

North Carolina Colored Pencil Chapter 114 (Past President)

North Carolina Pastel Society of North Carolina (Past President)

Triangle Artist Guild

International Guild of Realism

Craven Arts Council and Gallery

Looking past the obvious, close observation and a unique artistic interpretation of a subject is her process. Donna's choice of subject comes from a place of intuition that is fueled by a desire to capture that subject and present it in such a way that will stir unexpected feelings and thoughts for the viewer.

Her work is contemporary realism. Though she works in various media, she has considered colored pencil her primary medium. Colored pencil gives her the ability to achieve a level of accuracy with bold vibrant colors packed with emotionally charged energy. Using dramatic lighting, strong composition and a full range of values I apply 10-25 layers of color working from dark to light – a process which creates a painting effect.