Donna Heslip Fine Art

BIOGRAPHY

 
Donna

 

Studio:  13027 West Ballad Drive

            Sun City West, AZ 85375

  623-546-0255 or 623-764-5274

               donnaheslip@gmail.com

 

Donna’s initial success as an artist was with commissioned animal portraits while attending college in Nebraska. She earned a B.A. in Art Education and went on to pursue a career as a professional educator in Illinois, Texas, and Arizona. A few years prior to retiring in 2004, she explored new avenues for her art with juried competitions and was soon earning awards and selling her art.

A juried member of Wickenburg Art Club and the Arizona Art Alliance, Donna is also an Associate Member with Distinction - American Women Artists.  In addition, she is a member of 10 Fine Art. This small group of artists is in their third year as Artists in Residence at the Wigwam Resort located in Phoenix's West Valley

Donna’s art is in private collections in Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Virginia, Texas, Arizona, and Wyoming.  She is currently focusing on the still life.  Each painting features relationships through the language of shape, texture, line, a unified palette, and dramatic contrast of light and dark.

As a way to pay homage to the Native American cultures of the Southwest, Donna paints their artifacts to showcase the expertise of the makers who so beautifully address both function and aesthetic value.  The religious beliefs and way of life of the Pueblos have endured despite severe pressures from outside forces both past and present.  Ms. Heslip says, "My hope is that the viewer will join me in a profound respect and appreciation for the ancient cultures that remain vibrant today.” 

 


                  JURIED EXHIBITIONS AND AWARDS

2017 - Juried into the Glendale Arts Council Fine Arts Competition

2016 - Awarded Associate with Distinction as a member of American Women Artists

2016 - Juried into the American Women Artists national on-line exhibit for associate members

2016 - "Variations - Art by Four Women Artists" art show and sale at Arts HQ Gallery

2016 -1st Place - Pastel - Wickenburg Fine Art Show and Sale at Gold Rush Days

2015 - Juried into Desert Caballeros Western Museum's "West of Center" exhibit, Wickenburg, AZ

2015 - Juried into the American Women Artists' on-line exhibit for associate members

2015 - 1st Place - Painting - West Valley Art Museum's Annual Celebration of Artists

2015 - Best of Show - Wickenburg Art Club's Eleventh Annual Fine Art Festival

2015 - Juried into the Yuma Fine Arts Association's Southwest Invitational Exhibit of Contemporary Art

2015 - 1st Place - Pastel - Wickenburg Fine Art Show and Sale at Gold Rush Days

2014- One of 20 selected artists to participate in the West Valley Arts HQ Surprise Invitational Exhibit opening November 15

2014- 1st Place - West Valley Art Council's Blank Canvas Exhibit at their new Arts HQ Gallery in Surprise, AZ

2014- July and August - Participated as an exhibiting artist at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum's Learning Center

2014- 1st Place - Pastel - Wickenburg Art Club’s Tenth Annual Fine Art Festival

2014- Best of Show - 1st Place, Drawing/Pastel and Purchase Award - Wickenburg Art Club’s Gold Rush Days Library Show 

2014- Best of Show - Glendale Arts Council’s Fine Arts Competition 

2013- Finalist - Southwest Art Magazine’s International Juried Artistic Excellence   Competition, December Issue 

2013- Purchase Award - The City of Peoria Arts Council, Peoria, Arizona

2013- 1st Place - West Valley Arts Council’s “Art of It All” Exhibit 

2013-1st Place - Drawing/Pastel - West Valley Art Museum’s Celebration of Artists, Purchase Award by Private Collector 

2013-1st Place - West Valley Arts Council’s Feast for the Eyes Exhibit 

2013-1st Place - West Valley Arts Council’s 2nd Annual Floral Art and Botanical   Illustration Exhibit



                 PUBLICATIONS ABOUT THE ARTIST

January 2014 – Southwest Art – “Art of Arizona”

December 2013 - Southwest Art – “Meet the Finalists” Featuring artists from the final round of judging for the magazine’s International Juried Artistic Excellence Competition.

November 2013 – Arizona Republic on-line edition – “Gallery Glendale in the Westgate Entertainment District…”

July 2013 – Daily News Sun, Wickenburg, Arizona – “Wickenburg Hosts Community Art Show”

 

 

 

Website by Dottie Mitchell dottiemitchellart.com

donnaheslip@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

April 11, 2017