I believe art heals, both the artist and the viewer. I believe that a home with art on the walls is a more joyful place to live. Art sparks conversations, increases imagination, and encourages creativity in all aspects of life.
I often dream of flying or swimming deep underwater not to escape but in joy. In those dreams, I get frustrated because I either can’t launch, maintain the flight, or suddenly remember that I need to breathe air. There is usually some symbol of flight or free swimming in my paintings.
In a lot of ways, art is a more efficient way for me to communicate than using words. Making art after prayerful meditation always has some surprises for me. The figures, animals, and symbols that appear in the background of these paintings tell my inner story. Sometimes I use art to tell a story, to record a dream or just because I thought the subject was beautiful.
Some Interesting things about me.
The first 5 years of my life were spent traveling with the circus. My parents were high wire performers, we traveled across America and parts of Europe. I was privileged to meet people from many different cultures. I believe this is where my deep love of animals and extroverted tendencies stemmed from. I feel a special affinity with the elephants. There was one that would always reach out and stroke my cheek with her trunk. It turns out elephants think humans are cute, perhaps she thought of me as a pet. Fast forward to when I was about 17. My father was in town performing and I went to watch the show and hang out with him. I stopped at the elephants and got a little too close, as I had always done, and there was a trunk reaching for my cheek. She still knew me!
I want to say right here that I do not think that wild animals belong in captivity.
These days my husband Eric, our cocker spaniel Foo, and I call SW Florida our home. I love going on walks in the woods, riding my bike along the trails here in the area and of course going for walks along the shoreline at sundown.
My vision is for my art to bring awareness that we are in danger of losing so many species worldwide, and to help support conservation efforts.
Donna Triska b. 1961 is a self-taught American artist. Her art is influenced by Claude Monette, Henry Matisse, Georgia O’Keefe and contemporary artists, Kitt Moran, and Robert Burridge. Donna believes that art is a marriage of ideas and dreams, coming together with form and color to express and invoke emotions. Her preferred surface is heavy watercolor paper on which she uses acrylics and inks. She applies the media with a pallet knife, brushes, sponges and even her fingers. Her goal is not to recreate a photograph but to build a world that she can invite the viewer to be a part of.
Donna Triska, (b. 1961, USA)
September 2018 Endangered, Shannon Staub Library
September 2017 All about the Beach, North Port City Hall
June 2014 Skyway Senior Center Art
March – April 2014 Curran’s Restaurant, Minneapolis, MN
December 2013 – January 2014 Ridge Pointe Active Senior Living, Minnetonka, MN
April – June 2013 Curran’s Restaurant, Minneapolis, MN
September 2015 The Space Between the words, Vine Art Center Minneapolis, MN
November – December 2013 Bethesda Hospital, St Paul, MN
April – May 2013 The FrameWorks Gallery in Highland Park
August – September 2012 Edina Art Center, Edina MN
June 2012 Robbin Gallery, Robbinsdale, MN
Works held in private collections in Canada, the United States, and Japan.