INTERVIEW WITH GEORGIA DONOVAN, ARTIST
How long did it take you to become an artist? It took me 47 years and five career changes. I’ve noticed many of my retired friends have turned to artistic pursuits, painting, sculpting, writing music or books. It’s as if we’ve finally given ourselves permission to do what we wanted to do all along. And, we’re producing amazing things!
Your work is almost always quirky. Yes, finding the humor in life makes it worth living. If my work doesn’t make you smile, or chuckle, I haven’t done a good job. I also love hyperbole, going over the top, whimsy, exaggeration to make my point. I love words, so my titles are never esoteric. They help you understand the painting and get the story.
How did you start painting PETRAITS? First of all, PETRAITS are pet portraits. I painted my daughter’s dogs, then another daughter’s cat and friends began asking me to paint their pets. I love meeting the critters as you can pick up so much personality in a meeting. My PETRAITS hang in Japan, Canada and all over the US.
Has acrylic on canvas always been your medium of choice? No, I began as a watercolorist, but switched to primarily acrylic because I love the vibrant color and texture that can be achieved.
You do commissioned PETRAITS, but do you accept other commissions as well? Of course! I could paint your house…a picture of your house! Or I could do your garden or just about anything you might request.
Just one more question. Sorry, but I can’t answer any more right now. I need to get back into my studio. I have two dogs and a cat waiting to have their portraits done and dogs have such a short attention span and so little patience, and the cat, well you know how cats are!
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