Artist Donna Varner

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My art-making is driven by the query, what if?  This experimental mindset takes me down labyrinths that never quite exit where I expect. The "artistic play" is reward in itself, and the results are sometimes a bonus. My aim is to create something that is unique, pleasing to the eye, and engaging.
Donna Varner is an artist from Hilton Head Island, SC.
Her formal education is in business (MBA, PhD from The Ohio State University). Prior to moving south, she had two successful business careers in Columbus, Ohio: the first as a merchandising executive with Limited Brands, and the second as an assistant professor of Organizational Management at Capital University. In 2004 she left the business world to follow her muse, first through photography, and then through other mediums.
Donna has sought artistic escapes at every turn of her life. She learned photography over time through workshops, books and experimentation. She has augmented her artistic sensitivities by taking courses in drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, clay, and book arts. Donna’s photographs reflect her unique eye, her curiosity, her sense of design, and her way of seeing the world. Her mixed media and collage work reflects a similar fascination for abstract design and manipulation of materials.
She has exhibited at local arts festivals, regional juried shows such as Carolina’s Got Art and ArtFields. She presently shows her work locally with Les Bonnes Artistes and the Art Beyond Tradition group, at the Art League of Hilton Head, and at Pluff Mudd Art in Bluffton, SC. 
News and Articles
Second Town Hall Artists' Gallery, Hilton Head Island Town Hall, March 1, 2019 through 
September 1, 2019 
This juried exhibit is an initiative to celebrate the contributions made by Hilton Head Island’s art community to the Town. 
Donna Varner's Abstraction Organization, LOCALlife, January, 2019
...from the Organization issue of the low country's premier lifestyle, arts, and culture magazine.
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