The featured presenter will be Stratford mixed media artist and interior designer, DONNA OSTERLY-BRIEN. She studied and teaches Intuitive Process Painting and will show examples of her work and discuss and explain the impact this discipline has had on her personal approach to life. She will try to entice attendees to begin their own Intuitive Process Journal by offering some tools in the form of ideas and materials.
Donna bases her ideas on Painting Your Way Out of a Corner by Barbara Diane Barry, with whom she has studied. Her artwork reflects her experience in graphics, color study, intuitive art, spiritual studies and an interior design career. She is a graduate of Parsons School of Design.
Donna hosted salons for local creative artists in Greenwich and held classes for urban youth in her studio in New Jersey. She has an installation at New Rochelle College, had a solo show at the Bruce Museum and at several venues in New Jersey, where she won Best in Show. Group shows include Greenwich Art Society, Art of the Northeast in Silvermine, and the Serendipity Gallery in Litchfield.
Donna is a member of Westport Art Center; BRAG and the Stamford Art Association. She says, “When painting, I try to approach the canvas without any preconceived idea. I create spontaneous areas of marks and color, then discover shapes as they appear. The shapes often reveal themselves as human images. As I bring the characters to life I simultaneously create worlds for them to inhabit…”