Donna Faranda

Donna Faranda

Ossining, NY, United States

About Donna Faranda

I have created works on paper for the past 30 years, but have not utilized a paint brush since I discovered that I could create art work on my computer. The computer has become the tools of my medium. Creating montages from images in Photoshop, I create collages which I, then turn into a grouping of contour line drawings which allows me to delineate the various areas of color. I, in turn work on a tracing paper overlay in Corel Painter, a raster-image computer program where I can place each individual dot by clicking on my mouse which I have programmed to make a dot.

Out if an array of colors my pointillist pieces come to life helping me to construct through the use of these programs, a means of creating a drama consisting of reflections of women's inner stories. While working in Corel painter a computer painting program, 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.
I am drawn to the paintings of the pre-Raphaelite painters with their sensuous depiction of women from mythology and prints form the Ukiyo-e period. Through my art work I seek to open the doors and allow the viewer to enter into a deeper level where wisdom and metaphor can reveal a vast new world beyond the surface. I seek not only to render the interaction of colors as I create images but explore elements of the female psyche. Incorporating images of classic women with objects of nature, I try to illustrate through my paintings their innate nobleness, revealing the instinctive nature that resides within them.



http:www.micro-pointillism.com

Education

I hold a Masters degree in Museum Education from Bank Street College and a Masters of Fine Art from Pratt Institute in painting and printmaking, where I was awarded an assistantship.

Events

2020
TIME: Group art exhibit at the BAU Gallery, Beacon, NY
THE NUDE: Group art exhibit at the Queen City 15 Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY
I AM WOMAN: Group art exhibit at the Howland Cultural Center, Beacon, NY
WOMAN(Cis nor Cis): Group art exhibit at the ArtjuXtapose Gallery, Rosendale, NY

Exhibitions

PAPERWORKS: Juried art exhibit at the Upstream Gallery, Hastings on Hudson, NY

HOPE: A Juried show at the Mooney Center Gallery College of New Rochelle
WOMEN BY WOMEN: Group art exhibit at the Blue Door Gallery, Yonkers NY
IN HONOR OF WOMEN: Six Women Artists honored by the City District Office of Yonkers. NY
SOLO ART EXHIBIT OF WORKS ON PAPER at the Upstairs Gallery, Green Growler, Croton on Hudson NY
LIVING ARTS EVENT: Art Exhibit of selected artists at the Firehouse Gallery presented by the Ossining Arts Council
1ST INAUGURAL ART EXHIBIT: Juried group show at Bethany Arts Center Ossining NY
52nd Annual Artist of Northern Westchester Juried group art Exhibit, Unitarian Church, Cortland Manor NY
All Women 2018 Art Exhibition: Online juried art
HILIGHTED EXHIBITIONS

SOLO ART EXHIBIT Selected paintings on view at the Living Room Gallery, St Peter’s Church, New York
PAPERWORKS 2018: Juried art exhibit at the Upstream Gallery in Hastings on Hudson, NY
IN HONOR OF WOMEN: Six Women Artists honored by the City District Office of Yonkers. NY
SOLO ART EXHIBIT OF WORKS ON PAPER at the Upstairs Gallery, Green Growler, Croton on Hudson NY
HOPE: A Juried show at the Mooney Center Gallery College of New Rochelle
BLUE KATONAH MUSEUM MEMBERS SHOW: Group art exhibit at the Ridgefield Artists Guild, CT
WORKS BY WOMEN ARTISTS: Online Group Exhibit sponsored by Time Light and Space Art Received Special Merit Award
GUILTY PLEASURES: Group art exhibit at the Volition Gallery, Orangeburg, NY
ALTERED SELF: Group art exhibit at the Blue Door Gallery, Yonkers NY
UNITY: Group art exhibit at the Front Street Gallery, Paterson NY
SOLO DIGITAL ART EXHIBIT Selected paintings on view at the Museum Gallery, White Plains Public Library, White Plains, NY
NAWA: Solo Online exhibit of Paintings on the National Association of Women Artists website
UPSTREAM GALLERY SMALL WORKS SHOW Juried art exhibit at the gallery in Hastings on Hudson, NY
REFLECTIONS OF MEMORIES PAST: Solo Art Exhibit at Briarcliff Manor Public Library Gallery, Briarcliff Manor, NY
A SIGHT FOR SORE EYES: Online juried art exhibit sponsored by The National Association of Women Artists. First place prize winner
COLOR-FUL: Juried art exhibit at the Mooney Art Gallery, College of New Rochelle
UPSTREAM GALLERY PAPERWORKS Juried art exhibit at the Upstream Gallery, Hastings on Hudson, NY
COLLECTIVE CONSCIOUSNESS Juried art exhibit at the New Rochelle Council of the Arts
SUMMER: Juried art exhibit at the O’Silas Gallery, Concordia College
WHAT GOES AROUND: Juried art exhibit at the Attleboro Museum

BIOGRAPHY
Masters of Fine Art from Pratt Institute in painting and printmaking

Her art work has been exhibited throughout the New York metropolitan area as well national and internationally. I have shown at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, the Chuck Levitan Gallery, BACA Gallery, The Rotunda Gallery. In 2016 she won Best in Show in the online juried show sponsored by the National Association of Women Artists. She has also 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 Artswestchester, White Plains NY. Her art work has been selected for the small works show at Upstream Gallery, Dobbs Ferry and small works at The Mamaroneck Art Center. She was in a solo exhibit at Westchester Community College, Center for Digital Art, Peekskill, NY. Other exhibition venues include: Pen and Brush, National Association of Women Artists, Mil Pond Gallery, SpaceWomb, Brooklyn Artists Gym. BAU Gallery, the Bertha V.B. Lederer Gallery, SUNY-Genesee, the Theresa A. Maloney Art Gallery and Howland Cultural Center. She has also been accepted to exhibit in at the Union Street Gallery; Chicago, at the Hamilton Street Gallery, the W. Keith & Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery