FEATURED ARTIST, Aug-sep 2020
exhibiting August 1 - Oct 31, 2020
"The intersection of science, nature, religion, society and history is where my art lives. It's an interesting place to be."
His collection is comprised of works that represent the lens of the artist. His point of view on situations, issues or realities that exist amongst us every day. Real scenarios through a surreal lens of irony, disappointment, humor and empathy. This collection is how Donavan sees it.
While facial expression is often relied upon to convey human emotion in many art forms, Donavan's work uses body gesture and movement alone to reveal inner thoughts and feelings to narrate his stories. Like dance, his approach leads users through each piece with fluidity, expression and subtlety that convey messages related to serious subjects with a sense of irony and oftentimes a chuckle. More often than not, his figurative work is female or androgynous in appearance and embellished with objects that support the storyline.
After working as a Creative Director in the Advertising and Technology space, Donavan relocated from San Francisco to the quiet Russian River Valley;s Wine Region of Sonoma County, California.
A self-taught artist, working in watercolor, inks, acrylics and oils, he tells stories from the time he finds himself in. Donavan has been living in the artist community of Guerneville, CA where he finds inspiration in the many colors and shapes that are present where the river meets the ocean.
Oil on canvas - 40 x 30
Showcase Gallery Artist
exhibiting Sep 1 - Nov 30
Christine MacDonald studied Fine Art at the University of Sussex, on the south coast of England. She graduated with a B.A. Degree with Honors in Painting, and later received a Postgraduate Art Teaching Certificate.
Her work has been exhibited in galleries throughout the North Bay, and she has been a featured artist during various shows at Gumps of San Francisco. She is a long time juried member of Sonoma County Art Trails, and her work has been placed in collections throughout the United States and Europe. She maintains a studio in the town of Sonoma, which is open by appointment year round.
Christine's Artist Statement
I was born and raised on the Isle of Tiree, a small remote island off the west coast of Scotland. It was the kind of place that lends itself to daydreaming and imagining, surrounded by the vast Atlantic Ocean, with limitless horizons and wide expansive skies. Many of my paintings evolve from lingering childhood memories of that place and its unique atmosphere. Certain images appear consistently in my work - wild creatures and birds, often with a single human figure, boats and the sea - images which are both psychological and mythological, with layers of both personal and universal interpretations. They hint as well, towards notions of exile and homecoming, protection, tenderness, yearning and loss.
Now I live in the beautiful Valley of the Moon in Sonoma, and these months of lockdown and uncertainty, along with the recent wildfires, have made me even more aware of our relationship with the natural world. It might be that the lack of human companionship accentuates more than ever the value of of living here on the edge of the wild, and the sense of reverence for bird and beast, land and sea seems heightened, along with the gratitude and feelings of deep reverence that come when they cross my path or move into my field of vision. Glimpses from another world, animate or inanimate exchanges, separated by a chasm of otherness.
This is one aspect of the mystery of painting that brings me daily into my studio. Another is that the placing of colored pigments laid down on a flat surface can have the power to move us so deeply. Treading this pathway keeps me working, searching and yearning - it also fills me with hope, and wonder.