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Isolation Inspiration!

Story: Donna Roberts
Jun 23, 2020
Isolation Inspiration!
What do artists do when faced with never-ending isolation at home? They paint!

Local artist Donna Hawkins’ latest “Isolation Interior” series of paintings was born from boredom. The eight landscapes are all scenes from inside and outside her residence.

“I had been painting a large body of work for a show of my abstract interpretations of music...and I decided to just have a play one day and paint what was before me,” Donna said.

“I have just completed my eighth Isolation Interior.”

Donna’s first isolation painting inspired one of her friends to create the Facebook group ‘From Where I Sit Art Group’ for others to contribute their art or photographs of the views from their locations.

“I have been overwhelmed by the positive responses to my interiors and thrilled that they have inspired others to try their hand at painting their own isolation interiors,” Donna said.

Donna’s road to becoming an artist was certainly not a straight one.

“When asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I always answered ‘a famous artist and a teacher’ [so] I took private art lessons throughout my school years and went to art school post-high school,” Donna said.

“Years of being caught up with life followed...husbands, kids, houses, a managerial career.

“It wasn’t until 2003 when I became gravely ill and retired early at 43, that I turned back to art to make my soul sing once again.”

Since then, Donna has had two major solo exhibitions, participated in countless group shows and won first prize and People’s Choice in Redcliffe Art Society exhibitions in 2019.

She also won the CEO’s Award in Epic Assist’s 2018 art show for people living with a disability.

A Peninsula resident since 2011, Donna was Education Manager at the Redcliffe Art Society where she now tutors a class.

She also helps to coordinate a local social support group for people with breast cancer, the Pink Dolphins.

Donna hopes to exhibit her Isolation Interiors series at a local gallery space when restrictions are lifted.

Until then, her next isolation project will be a children’s storybook featuring her muse, Misty the cat.