Out of an array of colors my pointillist pieces come to life helping me to construct through the use of a computer painting program, a means of creating a drama consisting of reflections of women’s inner stories. While working, I employ elements of collage in my paintings to conjure up images created from a mixture of fantasy, mood and symbolism, blended together in a variety of ways to create my own world.
My artwork represents the tension which exists between the real and the fantastic, between the dream state and mundane reality. Inspired by Japanese wood block prints and pre-Raphaelite paintings, I utilize contemporary methods of painting using a computer program as a means of creating art. Working in a pointillist style, I am able to depict imagery as in a genre painting to create dream-like portraits. Born out of mythic tales, my art traverses the realms of desires, fantasies, and myths, while maintaining a playful innocence, reflecting back on the female psyche.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Donna Faranda earned her Masters of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute in painting and printmaking.
Her artwork has been exhibited throughout the New York metropolitan area as well national and internationally. She has shown at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and has been a participant at the New York University Small Works Show for several years and received an award from Carroll Janis. Most recently, she has been a participant in several group shows here in Westchester including: “STRESS, STRUGGLE AND CHANGE” at the College of New Rochelle Gallery, multiple art exhibitions at the Blue Door Gallery, “WRAP IT UP and CONNECTIONS at The Vault Gallery Arts Westchester.
Faranda’s artwork has been selected for the small works show at Upstream Gallery, and she has had a solo exhibit at WCC for Digital Art. Other exhibition venues include Pen and Brush, SpaceWomb, Brooklyn Artists Gym, AU Gallery, the Bertha V.B. Lederer Gallery, SUNY-Genesee, Theresa A. Maloney Art Gallery, Howland Cultural Center and The Rotunda Gallery. In 2016 she won Best in Show in the online juried show sponsored by NAWA. She has been accepted to exhibit in at the Union Street Gallery, Chicago, at the Hamilton Street Gallery, the W. Keith & Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery; Museum Juried online show at Digital Arts: California, winner of Stellar Art Award. Faranda work has been published in the ASCO Expressions of Hope Calendar, Eli Lily Oncology on Canvas, the Novartis/Creative Center calendar, The New York Times – Westchester Weekly Section and Westchester Magazine Online.
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