Donna Hart

The Artist

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Donna Hart is a native of California and began drawing at the age of ten.  As a latchkey kid, she came home from school and sketched her pets, the rooms and just about anything instead of doing homework.  She studied the dresses in Katy Keene comic books before she could hardly read and submitted her own designs, some of which appeared in the comic.  Donna always wanted to be a fashion designer and made doll clothes from satins, lace and furs. Instead of pursuing design, at the insistence of her family she studied business to prepare for the real world.  While attending Valley College she took classes in Life Drawing and later took a few classes at Los Angeles Art Center and the California Art Institute.  Her appreciation of art and love of drawing have been lifelong passions.   

The vintage drawings were inspired while working in the motion picture industry as an executive secretary behind the scenes for studio heads, celebrities and well-known writers and directors.  Designers Edith Head and Jean Louis influenced their flair.  Donna always felt the thrill of the glamour that is Hollywood.  Her childhood dream of designing clothes for the stars remained a dream.  Now all these years later she has resurrected her original drawings from the 50’s and 60’s, and has created a hand painted card line and framed images for others to enjoy.  The first showing of “the girls” was in a park Arts and Crafts show; all of the sketches and cards were ink on parchment.  Many customers and friends suggested color be added and thus, with watercolor and glitter the girls were born anew with a life of their own.   

Donna’s paintings of models and shoes have appeared on the sets in the film, “Legally Blonde 2.”  Credit was also given to the artist in the July 2003 issue of Architectural Digest.  When she has the time, Donna indulges her love of architecture by sketching house portraits.  The chandelier cards are currently sold in MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) Gift Shops. 

A personal note from the artist:  “I have been told that I have a gift.  It must be that because it comes from someplace I personally could not access alone.  I believe this gift is the same as that gift which gives me inspiration and that gives me life itself.  Just knowing that I (my gift) can create something that others appreciate and makes them smile, makes me truly happy.”  

 

                      

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