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The Acrylic and Watercolour Portfolio of Donna Howard

A painting of an owl-like figure on an abstract geometric backgroundThe Owl Dreams of Mondrian, acrylic on canvas

Donna Howard is a painter who works in acrylic and watercolour, creating artworks that combine abstract and figurative elements with a poppy, cartoonish aesthetic. Though Donna’s artworks capitalize on contemporary pop aesthetics, many carry hints of deeper (and sometimes darker) conceptual intent. 

A painting of yellow bird figures on a geometric backgroundMy Plummet, acrylic on canvas


I like how Donna creates paintings with layered aesthetics -- in many recent works, the artist builds a background of abstract geometric tiles, with brightly coloured, childlike illustrations of animals in the foreground. With titles like Youthful Aspirations, My Plummet, and Victim of Love, one wonders if the cartoon animals in these paintings are in fact allegorical or somehow representative of characters or actors in the real world, or at least in the artist’s own life. 

The front page of Donna Howard's art portfolio websiteThe front page of Donna's art portfolio website


Some of Donna’s recent works are more strictly abstract, and use geometries that borrow from a mid-century modern aesthetic. It’s this bright, colourful aesthetic that helps these works find cohesion with the rest of the artist’s portfolio, and makes the viewer wonder if there’s still more here than meets the eye.

An abstract geometric painting with a mid-century modern aestheticElroy, acrylic on canvas

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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