From crayons at an early age to digital art as an adult, Donna McDermott has undertaken numerous media to create works of art. Born and raised in Tiffin, OH, Donna moved to Michigan in 1960. She now resides in Interlochen, MI, where she has a studio that overlooks Green Lake. Donna studied art at Lansing Community College and Michigan State University. She is a member of Crooked Tree Art Center, Oliver Art Center, and a former member of the Arts Council of Greater Lansing. Donna was an instructor of art at Ledge Craft Lane and a past president of the Grand Ledge Art Guild. She worked and displayed with the Michigan Art Train and participated in the MSU PBS WKAR-TV premiere art auction.
Her art work was displayed in one-person shows at Ledge Craft Lane, Grand Ledge, MI, and Leland Performing Art Center, Leland, MI; and in several two-person shows at Bella Galleria, Old Mission Peninsula, MI.
Donna’s works have also been exhibited at the Dennos Museum Center, Traverse City, MI; Fernandina, Amelia Island, FL; Crooked Tree Art Center's Dart for Art, Harbor Springs, MI; Mercato Gallery; Rockport Center for the Arts, Rockport, TX; Northport Community Art Center; Oliver Art Center, Frankfort, MI; Lansing Center for the Arts; Bank of Lansing; ArtCenter, Traverse City, MI; Traverse Area District Library; Lansing Community College; Christian Art Show of East Lansing; Grand Ledge Island Art Show; Dennos Museum Center Small Works; and MI Art By Women Exhibition.
Donna was a featured artist on TV 7&4 Gallery. Her work is on permanent display at Interlochen Public Library and Grand Ledge Library. Donna was first in the "Lunch with the Artist" series Traverse City, MI. Locally, Donna’s works can be seen at Bella Galleria on Old Mission Peninsula, Traverse City, and The Oliver Art Center gift shop, Frankfort.
My subject matter ranges from people and landscape works to abstractions. Fifty-three countries traveled worldwide unfold in various colors, textures, and shapes that awaken my creativity. Feeding off my experiences, one idea leads to another, and consequently, there are several projects set in motion simultaneously. The paintings are developed from life or photos that I have taken.
Media: encaustic, oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, mixed media, relief metalwork, scanography, photography, stained-glass, digital media, pen and ink, color pencil, and hand-built clay figures