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Artist Donna W Goodwin


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Biography


Drawing and painting are second nature to me; I cannot imagine my life without them.  I love color and it has had center stage in my creative endeavors for as long as I can remember.
 
I was lucky to have a mentor in my sister, N. A. Waddill, who had studied fine art with Dole Reed, watercolor artist, in Oklahoma.  She believed in self-expression for children.   15 years her junior, she took me everywhere she went, so I was exposed to the fine arts through ballet, music, opera, theater and fine art museums.  I even spent a summer with her at the age of 7, while she was in attending art school.  I became somewhat of a mascot for her painting class, going on location with them.  I was encouraged to throw away my coloring book and to draw and express myself freely.  I give N.A. full credit for my artistic development.  I would not be the artist I am today without the faith, tutelage and patience of my sister.  She wanted me to experience all I could in the arts and set about making it happen, one day at a time, one experience at a time.  
 
Art classes were not offered in the public schools I attended.  I went off to the University of Texas to study fine art with a major in studio painting with the knowledge of bones and the muscles of the human body from my science classes and the painting and drawing skills N.A. had imparted.  Thinking about it in retrospect, that decision was quite nervy.  Some would call it an act of courage…but there are times when what one doesn’t know truly does not hinder them.  I studied with many fine artists, such as Robert Levers, George Bogart and Peter Saul.  They opened my eyes to see [...]

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