Artist Donna Barnes-Roberts

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The Artist Says:

"Art is about passion, and passion is beyond reason"


Donna Barnes-Roberts is a painter of live stuff, for the most part. She has had a checkered career and varied past (another way of saying that she didn't know what she wanted to be when she grew up), but has now settled on a career of painting. She has been doing this for over 20 years, and has taught watercolor for almost that many years. 

She began drawing like so many children, with crayons and paper, but early on, showed a knack for observation. When her cousin insisted that the sky should be drawn as a thin blue line at the top of a piece of paper, Donna insisted that when she looked at the sky, it was visible everywhere. This may have been an early indication of the sense of verisimilitude that Donna strives for in all of her work.
However, by the time she was in high school, she had decided that a life in the arts was probably not for her. By that time, she had dabbled in cello, chemistry, pollination ecology, pollen morphology, zoology, music theory, and exploding clay objects in kilns. Therefore, when it came time to select a college major, she decided on BOTANY.
This major had many major advantages; it did not involve carrying around large, cumbersome objects, like cellos, doesn't smell as bad as chemistry, doesn't encourage bee stings like pollination ecology, doesn't bleed like zoology, rarely results in calls to the cops regarding strange noises (like music theory), and certainly is not as dangerous as blowing up objects in kilns. And the plants are so polite. They just sit there while you talk to them. She was rarely interrupted by a plant. So she thought.
Her botanical career was uneventful, and she earned a BA in Botany at Cal State University, Los Angeles, where she discovered [...]

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