Donna Shiver Artist & Educator
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I do, learn and start again - creating work in charcoal, oil, ink and handmade paper. Each day is practice and action to achieve a particular end; something that balances work reality with possibility. The challenges are endless.
My methods begin with sketches and the use of simple shapes to break down things in the natural world. When teaching these disciplines, I work to help students build confidence. Initially we work to simplify objects and associate what they see with familiar shapes, circle, square, rectangle, triangle. Together we use this practice to increase skill and showcase knowledge of principles in art...all things from line to color, proportion, shape, value and mark making in order to create more complex forms from nature.
I am honored to work as part of the education staff at the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia. I also teach from my home studio in Woodstock, Georgia and the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art in Marietta, Georgia. My work has been recognized by International Artist Magazine in 2014, Artists Magazine in 2015, and North Light Books in 2016. I have shown work across Georgia and North Carolina. I show work online and across my home state of Georgia. One of my greatest pleasures has been to work and share ideas as a resident artist in Georgia, alongside students in Cherokee and Cobb County School Systems. These opportunities allow me to learn by watching young people work through ideas about application and design. I watch them sketch and implement ideas. The process of trial and error is rewarding and teaches us so much. I listen, offer feedback and take in information as we explore various artists and media from drawing and painting to printmaking, sculpture and collage. Fun stuff that is ever changing -