Introducing Donna von Holdt

Introducing Donna von Holdt

Australian born Donna von Holdt studied fine art at the National Art School in Sydney.



She moved with her family (husband and three sons) to Connecticut in 1998. Here she found herself feeling a deep affinity for the landscapes of New England.

The art captures a sense light that is hard to describe, utilizing an ethereal abstract style and old world methods of veiling and burnishing with various mediums. Her subjects include rural barns, meadows and pastures, marshes and moors, seascapes of Nantucket and the Eastern coastline.



Donna worked professionally as an analytical illustrator for many years, which can sometimes express itself in her paintings but mainly, they reflect a move toward simplicity.

She jokes about her poor eyesight, to which she credits her ability to focus on mood and light without getting mired in unnecessary details (something we could all brush up on).

(Click to see current work by Donna von Holdt)

 

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Anthony Tomaselli's mentors

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A man of few words, but boy can he swing a paint brush.
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Cynthia Crimmin

Cynthia Crimmin

"The act of painting has led me to see and to appreciate the world around me so much more than I ever realized."
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Pottery Flounders by Rosalie and Tom Nadeau

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Jackie deRuyter can't bring herself to throw away scraps of fabric.
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"This work is my tribute to an old friend and an ancient species."
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Eric Beck goes fishing

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 Each assemblage is left in a raw, unpolished state, with sharp points and edges exposed.

(Don't run with them.)
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Technique: Crystalline Glaze

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The surface of their work looks like the ice crystals that form on your window at night.
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Technique: Raku

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Literally translated as enjoyment, ease or comfort, traditional raku is the Japanese pottery used in the Japanese Tea Ceremony - most often in the form of tea bowls.
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Make good decisions

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They'll thank us someday.

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Artist Spotlight: Melanie Despres

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“This body of work is about coexisting with nature. That feeling you get when the ocean puts your life into perspective and calms you."
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