Donna Wahl

           
   
 

Donna Wahl

From sunrise to sunset natural born artist Donna Wahl appreciates the simple beauty around her. Whether painting scenes from the Arizona desert, a northern lake, or an animal looking you in the eye, it is obvious that she enjoys sharing her talent and bringing each new canvas to life. Early encouragement from elementary and high school teachers and her family led her to major in art at the University of Wisconsin at River Falls. She followed that with more than 25 years of work as a graphic artist creating art for newspaper ads, magazines, books, business forms and flyers, and hundreds of T-shirts and other promotional items. The success, measured by customer satisfaction while affiliated with A&W Typesetting, earned her Art Director status of such publications as Tucson Business Digest and U.S. Handball Magazine.

Being accepted at the Feminine Mystique Gallery in Tubac by Pat Aguilar in September of 2004 marked Donna's expansion into the fine arts arena and gave her the confidence to offer her work to the public. Since then, she has shown in a number of juried shows and was named as the official artist for the Southwestern Authors Conference, Wrangling with Writing in 2005 and 2006. Charitable organizations such as ALS and the Sunstone Cancer Support Foundation have also benefited from her work.

Donna's twenty plus years of volunteering as a 4-H rabbit leader seem to be the perfect background for creating pet portraits. Her lifelike watercolor paintings of the various bunny breeds have received national attention. She continues to be commissioned to do original art awards for local, state, and national club shows sanctioned by the American Rabbit Breeders Association and has received several special honors for her artistic and volunteer service efforts.

Donna's husband and family have been very supportive, and her four young grandsons think spending a weekend at "Grandma's Art Camp" is awesome. When the day is done, she likes to ask "Who had the most fun?" The boys, and others who know her, have come to expect Donna to be the first to raise her hand and to burst into a never ending smile. Not only does she believe "Everything gets better when it is shared," she lives it.

   

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