Donna O’Hara has been painting in Pastels and making art for 40 plus years. She has worked on both 2 dimensional as well as 3 dimensional pieces and has recently begun painting in oils. In all dimensions and media her connection to Nature and it’s infinite variety of shapes, colors, patterns and compositions are at the center of her work.
Workshops in Pastel painting have created an opportunity to work on developing techniques and style. Donna has taken workshops with Albert Handel, Liz Haywood Sullivan, Richard McKinley, Christine Ivers, and Deborah Quinn Munson in Pastel painting. She recently attended a workshop with Shanna Kunitz learning some Oil painting techniques. Donna traveled to the Apostle Islands on Lake Superior to take a week long, Emerson Retreat with Aline Ordman, Dawn Emerson and Lynn Assetta hosted by Richard McKinley at the Madeline Island School of the Arts.
Her paintings have been included in the Connecticut Pastel Society shows, Renaissance National Juried Exhibition and Purely Pastel Exhibit. Since she has moved to SC, Donna has had pieces in the Blue Ridge Art Center juried shows, Anderson Art Center and Anderson Guild juried shows, Pickins Museum juried show and Gateway Art Center juried shows. Her paintings have earned awards on several occasions . She has been an active member of The Art Gallery On Pendelton Square for one year. Donna has also been painting with the Monday painting group at BRAC for over four years, and teaches classes in Pastel, Plein Air Painting and Printmaking with Gelli Plates.