$70/month to rent
32″ x 32″
Item ID: 52543
Donna Grandin is a St. Lucian artist who first came to Canada as an International student at age 17. She graduating with an honours B.A. in Art from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, in 1997 and has since been exhibiting her acrylic paintings in the Caribbean and Canada, gaining collectors from those areas and beyond. In 2013 she was part of the Canadian delegation that participated in the 152nd annual Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Carrousel du Louvre, an international group exhibition, in Paris, France.
Donna lives, paints and volunteers in the arts community in Burlington, Ontario, Canada with her husband and two sons. She was a founding director of the Arts & Culture Council of Burlington. She often travels to St. Lucia and Barbados to visit family, galleries and gather inspiration for her art.
Nature, with its organic shapes and patterns, provides an endless supply of interesting compositions. As an acrylic painter, I capture and translate these compositions through the filters of my personal sense of colour and interest in visual rhythm, to convey mood and movement. For years I have been painting the landscape imprinted on me as a child, favouring the vibrant colours and vivid contrasts of the sunny Caribbean, with a focus on tropical flowers & foliage (eg, hibiscus, dracaena, croton, frangipani, royal poinciana, banana and coconut trees). This is a way for me to stay connected to my past, to my family etc, and also to examine the effect that geography has on self-identity. However, I have been living in Canada for a long time now, and so sometimes I am moved to paint the local landscape (eg, ponds with water lilies and dragonflies in the summer). Also, recently I have been working on a series of abstract paintings inspired by peacock feathers, and ferns. Ironically, abstraction allows me to best express the underlying flow, that spiritual connection to Nature … the way Nature feels, rather than the way it looks. My art is infused with the passion and excitement I have for my creative process.