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Location:
Indianapolis
Medium:
Pastel
Availability:
Brown County Art Guild, Nashville, Indiana; Hoosier Salon Broad Ripple Art Gallery
FEATURED WORK
Donna Shortt

“I am inspired to paint, draw or design because I want to ‘freeze the moment’ and depict a time of day or the way the light plays on objects and the way color can be used to enhance the scene. I am very inspired knowing that I can share the results.”

Donna Shortt is a multi-talented woman with a variety of interests. She has been a serious artist for more than 15 years, although she’s been doing some kind of artwork since she was a third-grader.
“I love to try everything just to see what happens,” she explained. “I have always been a do-it-yourself kind of thinker, teaching myself whatever the interest of the week is.”

“Pastels are my favorite medium,” the Indiana Artisan added. “I love the rich colors and the fact that the pastel particles are like little prisms when the light strikes them.”

Donna’s work has been widely recognized, yet “Not a day goes by that I do not think, ‘I can do it better today.'”

Several of her plein air paintings are included in the 2013 book “Painting Indiana III: Dignity of Place.” She had a one-person exhibit at the Johnson County Museum of History, Franklin Indiana, in 2011 and was part of a pastel exhibit at the Richmond Indiana Art Museum in 2008. Her awards include a Purchase Award from the Indiana State Museum in 2008 and Best of Show awards from the 2007 Indiana State Fair, the 2011 Greenfield Will Vawter Show and the 2011 Madison Art Club Member Show.

“I believe my style has a signature and since I am not prone to repeat, every painting is an original,” she pointed out. “I will repeat a subject or place, but the next painting always looks very different as I like to explore possibilities. I never use tracing as a tool – just my own eyes and hands.”

Donna is honored to have her pastels designated as part of the Indiana Artisan brand. “I am pleased that I can put the stamp of approval on my work and help purchasers feel more confident about their selections,” she said.