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Natural Awakenings Sarasota / Manatee / Charlotte

Morning Walk – Donna Spadafora

May 07, 2014 07:12PM

Donna Spadafora changes palettes and subject matter to suit the changes in her career and location. With an established reputation on Cape Cod for her watercolor images of mother and child, she’s now expanding her repertoire to encompass oil landscapes of Costa Rica and Florida. Morning Walk has appeared in both media “with quite different effects,” says this award-winning Copley artist.

“I bathe everything I do in light and shadow,” she says. Dynamic oils laid down on her canvases peek through the overpainted grasses and trees. Two children’s books she’s writing come to life in watercolor perspectives akin to illustration. She’s now experimenting with the possibility of translating watercolors onto canvas to avoid the traditional need for art mattes and glass.

For Spadafora, a childhood surrounded by her mother’s sewing projects and art supplies naturally led to drawing and watercolor classes, but she is for the most part selftaught. Three years ago she returned to work as a full-time artist after 10 years as head of the art department at The Community School, in Naples, Florida.

Connect with the artist at 239-596-2163.

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