What's your name?
What's your Calumet connection?
I work at Insight Eyecare in Calumet. I’ve been an optician for 35 years. I also show my watercolors at the Calumet Art Center. I teach my watercolor techniques at the center as well.
How can people see/ buy your work? Please provide a social media handle, website, or other location where people can follow you/find your work?
My work is available at the Calumet Art Center and I regularly show at the Poor Artist Sale at Calumet High every December . I have a page on Facebook Donna Lenard Watercolors with videos I’ve been developing for the last few weeks. I also have a booth every year at the Keweenaw Art Affair and Art in the Park in Copper Harbor.
How long have you been creative? Did you have any formal training?
I have been exploring watercolor for 20 years. I am self-taught. I moved to Alaska when I first started watercolor and had good guidance from the Fairbanks Watercolor Society. I showed my work at every First Friday event and had a few solo shows at local galleries.
What type of art do you make and what's your preferred medium?
I am a watercolorist. I love wet on wet techniques to create dreamy effects. I paint mostly landscapes and enjoy making northern lights pop off the page. I also paint the illusion of flowers. It’s all an illusion! Simplicity is key to inviting the viewer’s imagination to enjoy the work.
What have you been working on lately? What's been inspiring you?
I have been creating short watercolor tutorials to engage everyone at home right now. They are my inspiration and seems to be helpful to get folks through this time. I have them all on my Facebook page as well as on YouTube.
Tell us whose work you've been admiring lately!
There are some local artists that I admire and love talking to them about their process. Bob Dawson, Clyde Mikkola and Jennifer Slack to name a few.