Portraits by Commission
What Donna’s Students Say ----
I loved working with Donna at her studio. Each week she greeted us
cheerfully, ready to offer encouragement and direction during our time
with her. The setting was comfortable and spacious. Our easels
were sturdy and there was plenty of side tables and space to spread our
equipment. The best part was the supportive and warm atmosphere that
Donna created; I always felt I could bring in any sort of painting and
Donna not only always knew how to help me improve it, but she gave her
suggestions kindly and in a way that was not overwhelming. My skills
definitely improved while working with her. You all are SO LUCKY to have
her now...we miss her!!!!!Caroline Orrick
Donna Taylor is single person that started my art interest and the one
who helped me learn to paint in oils. We were friends before I retired
and I told her early on that when I retire I wanted to take classes. I
did retire from the practice of orthodontics and started taking classes.
I was the only male many times. That's a good deal! The classes were
small and lots of individual, one on one instruction was available.
What is best about Donna is that she customizes her instruction for the
individual needs of the singular student. Most in the class were better
than I, but it did not matter. The better students got help at their
level and I got help at my level. No one group do everything together
lessons. You are an individual and she recognizes that.
you are a beginner or an advanced student you will learn and grow from
Donna. I cannot recommend a class more highly. She is a world class
Julian M. L
started lessons with Donna over twenty years ago, and what impressed me
the most was her giving me the belief that I could not only paint, but
really enjoy myself at the same time. Donna teaches consideration of
values, color, and composition, and in doing so, generously shares her
considerable artistic knowledge with her students. I loved getting to
meet other artists in Donna’s studio, and have made many friends over
the years due to the relaxed and welcoming environment. Not only have I
worked in Donna’s studio, but I have participated in many of her plein
air workshops featuring her excellent painting demos. I am blessed to
have Donna not only as a mentor, but a friend.
“I think I’m finished.”
No, No”, says Donna, “Not quite …. You need to do this, and this,
and this.” -
So many years of learning, laughing and loving.
I have been oil painting for almost all of my life and I find it not
only rewarding and fun but also mystical and magical.
After the first brush-stroke, the canvas
assumes a life of its own; at this point, you become both governor and
spectator to your own event. However, like all things in life, it is so
much better if you do it with others! Obviously proper training and
professional guidance is essential to give you the tools and knowledge
to help reach your best potential; but even better is the
comradeship and wealth of knowledge you gain from painting along with
others. Donna’s skill and wisdom have been an invaluable essential to my
painting. The guidance and the input from her and all the members of her
classes simply add to the joy and richness of your painting experience.
I have nothing but high praises for you and I remain one very happy
"I loved painting with Donna. Her keen artistic eye and gentle guidance
helped me take my painting to a whole new level. Donna's class was
always an inspiring and encouraging space where students could feel they
could grow at their own speed, in their own style.
I looked forward to it every week!"
Donna, Thank you so much for your kind & patient
manner of teaching. I truly
appreciate the way you encouraged us to develop “our own” style.
Donna – You made me an artist.
I was a complete beginner, when Donna took me under her wing, and told
me that I shouldn't feel intimidated, or have lack of confidence when it
came to putting a brush to canvas. For several years she instructed me
in the rudiments of painting with oil, and I produced half a dozen
scenes, of which several hang on the walls of my home. Although men were
in the minority taking lessons from Donna, I always felt very
comfortable in all her classes.
Thanks for your
guidance and patience. Many
years of fun and friendships.
I couldn’t draw a
straight line and you made a painter out of me.
Love our friendship.
I have learned so much from your lessons …. And
cherish the memories of our classes.
Donna is a very knowledgeable teacher. Good teaching skills and
fun to paint with.
I Loved the chance of meeting fellow artists, seeing the difference
among us, the cheerful banter, the built in critique system we all
provided for one another, the consistency of having 3 hours of
uninterrupted painting time.
And no, I haven't painted one stroke
since you left!