We had the good fortune of connecting with Donna Isham and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Donna, how do you think about risk?
I’ve always been a risk taker in my life and yet the idea of committing to being a fine artist and putting my paintings out there was some thing that I thought was insurmountable. But after much soul-searching I realized that it would be more painful to not pursue what I love. Hence, I begin painting and basically told my friends and family not to tell anybody… Well you can only guess what happened after that. Suddenly I was being asked to do art shows and exhibits and selling work! Very exciting, very daunting! And I continue to take risks in my artwork and what I want to create and put out into the world- Beauty, the renaissance of women, the uniqueness of individuality and the quest for organic materiality in a highly technological age.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My brand encompasses Empowering women, diversity and individuality. And at the same time I am completely obsessed with the abstraction and impressions of colors and textures
>> I have always found that the female form is beautiful and a display of natural perfection. So my work combines the concept of deconstruction both figuratively and emotionally and reconstruction in time where viewpoints of beauty, a time where evaluations of perfection have taken a new turn. Individuality and a rise toward new awareness is is crucial towards well being.
I believe in persistence and pushing myself to achieve my goals. Often times I need to force myself to get into the studio and paint and yet once I do I am happier than ever. For me it’s essential to ignore, and I do mean ignore, all the introspection and self invalidation that comes my way and probably hits many artists. That’s the lie and the truth is that we are capable, more capable, then we know.
I hope my art reflects that and that I can contribute to the world.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Malibu- the ocean and walks on the sand City scapes – downtown LA and Venice
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Shoutout to family and friends that have been so supportive and encouraging.
I would love to thank Art Basel Miami for inviting me two years in a row to exhibit there! I would like to thank Maria from DAC gallery for having me. I’d like to thank Susan Hostetler Gallery in Nantucket for her support and Petra of Gloria Delsan Contemporary Art Gallery in Los Angeles for my solo show! I would also like to thank Joe and Liz from Song Word Art House gallery in Malibu for having my paintings in their shows.
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