Donna Lee's studio

[wood burning fine art]

Artist Statement

Born and raised in Northern Ohio. Iíve enjoyed painting and drawing as far back as I can remember. All through school I took as many art classes as I could, and after graduation I attended Cooper School of Art located in Cleveland, Ohio. My major was Illustration but I was required to take a basic photography class to learn how to photograph my flat art work. Well, I was hooked ! I changed my major to photography and a minor in fine art. I have spent 30 years as a portrait and wedding photographer. I have had 5 one woman shows here in the United States and in Panama. One slow day at my studio, I picked up my daughterís wood burner and the rest is history. That was almost 9 years ago and I still get excited when I finish a piece. I work mostly from my photographs, or they are a place I see in my mindís eye and on those I'm never quite sure what the finished piece will be, and then some timeís I do. I sketch lightly on my design, and use a very fine tip woodburner to burn in the lines, and work from the photo to make it look 3íD. My favorite wood to burn on is Birdís Eye Maple burls. Last summer I tried burning on watercolor paper and was really excited with the results. I photograph them and digitally reproduce them to make cards and enlargements for framing. I sometime sell the originals, but only rarely. My favorite subjects are old barns from all over the U. S. and horses.

How to contact me

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