About the Artist
Drawing from the time she could hold a crayon, Donna Welsh has pursued art all of her life. Painting is in her blood ~ and in her hair ~ and under her nails. Largely self-taught, she received her formal training at York Academy of Arts, studying both commercial and fine art. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Albright College and certifications in several modalities in the Natural Health field.
After operating a commercial studio in the seventies, she knew that her true love was painting, although she still pursues graphic design, especially typography.
Her work hangs in collections both in the US and abroad, and has been exhibited at many places including Mt Gretna, Lebanon Valley College, Lancaster Museum of Art and The State Museum of Pennsylvania. She had her first one-woman show in 2001. A year and a half later, all of that work was lost in a fire.
She has taught adult classes in drawing and painting for over forty years, and currently facilitates therapeutic art classes for adults with severe mental illness and advanced dementia.
She divides her time among her art, natural health interests and her family. She currently resides in what she likes to call her Hobbit House in Mountville.
I am a multi-media artist, living and working in a small town in Lancaster County amidst the beautiful farmlands of Pennsylvania.
My work represents the extraordinary within the ordinary and often, my paintings will invite the viewer inside them. I see imperfection as a natural part of life and sometimes deliberately place flaws to speak to that. My portraiture embraces essence rather than just likeness and my abstracts frequently have a mysterious nature. I believe in recycling and repurposing and will often do so with materials. I never get bored, and as a lover of puzzles, mystery and intrigue, I am fond of bringing it into my work. Look for flaws. Look for puzzles. Sometimes you will find them!