Original oil “All Choked Up” by Joanne Donaca
Joanne Donaca is a native Oregonian. With a mother and a father who had their own artistic abilities—her mother of European descent and her father of Native American and European—it was only natural for Donaca to acquire and incorporate their influences and heritages.
Donaca has worked in virtually all media, ranging from pencil drawings, pen and ink, soft pastel and oil pastel, watercolor, to acrylic, oil, and clay. The Pastel Society of America, the Northwest Pastel Society and the Pastel Society of Oregon recognized her excellence through the award of signature membership in these organizations.
For Donaca, all nature appears as a painting just waiting to be created. She derives great pleasure from her work, a solid body of paintings which now numbers in the hundreds.
“What drives me artistically and motivates me to paint presently is to challenge the viewer to finish off the parts that I have left out.”–Joanne
. Seventeen one person exhibitions, twenty-two group shows, eighteen juried and invitational exhibitions
. Three front covers for magazine
. Instructor for art class through Central Oregon Community College Continuing Education, instructor in art for group and individual workshops, elementary school art instructor and instructor for private lessons.
. Oil Painters of America
. Pastel Society of America, Signature Member
. Northwest Pastel Society, Signature Member and Charter Member
. Pastel Society of Oregon, Signature Member and Charter Member
. Watercolor Society of Oregon
. Watercolor Society of America, Sustaining Associate Member
. Arts Central, Central Oregon Arts Society
. Jefferson County Arts Association
. High Desert Art League, Charter Member and past Chairman
. High Desert Art League Charter Member and past Chairperson
. Central Oregon Community Education Advisory Board Member and past Chairman
. KIDS Center Board Member and past Secretary
. City of Bend Sign Review Committee past Member
. PEO Sisterhood Chapter AI Member and twice past President