My father once told me my earliest creations went unappreciated — I drew eyes all over the walls. I find this fascinating considering how carefully I draw the eyes today that give life to my images.
For thirty years I’ve often been burning much of my art. Not to destroy it, but create it. As a burn-artist, I love the collaboration between artist and wood. The wood brings its own design, texture, and hues, and the artist burns images with beautiful sepia tones reminiscent of old photographs. It’s an ancient art now accelerating in popularity with artists and collectors, and the craftsmanship of burn-artists is rapidly growing.
My paintings are done in acrylic, because that is the paint medium I began with when I first bought a beginner’s paint set from a Sears catalog at twelve years old. And later I was fortunate enough to be mentored by an accomplished professional artist and teacher who also used the same medium, so I’ve remained a devoted fan and faithful user of the versatile medium.
My subject matter usually falls into two categories: nature and imaginative. I feel most relaxed in the woodlands I grew up in. With its towering trees and forest dwellers, images of nature give me a calm in a noisy, chaotic world. And imaginative art appeals to me because my inner child has stubbornly remained. Like most children, I never made a sharp distinction between the natural and supernatural. I still don’t. Whether it’s hints of magical realism or careless leaps into fantasy, imaginative art reminds me that the world is enchanted and the universe is saturated with mystery.
Thank you for visiting my site. I hope you enjoy my art half as much as I enjoy creating it.
I wish for you the ABCs of a charmed life: art, beauty, and creativity.
Written content & original artwork is copyrighted by Donald Wayne White