Getting To Know Jen Donald And Her Art.

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Every artist says "I was born to create". Ok, I say that too. I was the little girl who sneaked art coffee table books out of the library and hid them in my very messy desk because the librarian said I was too young for them. I stared at those pictures until they burned into my brain! I couldn't tell you what the painting was called, but I could show you exactly which book it was in and what page! I was a 7 year old art junkie.

I always loved painting and had training in watercolor, oils and acrylic. Being left-handed, oil paints and I have no business being near the same canvas. Acrylics and I learned to play together very well and we've been best friends for 30 + years.

Why the fascination with nostalgia? My parents had a lot of records and mostly due to the pictures on the album covers, I'd ask Mom to play them over and over. The soundtrack to my childhood was big band music and old radio shows, combined with all the antiques my mom collected and voila! you have my passion for a lifetime!

So why do I create now and where do I want to go? I often think that people are so busy in their lives that they stop seeing the beauty, the silly, the fun, the joy in the simplest things. Like "Tune In Next Week", we tend to forget how cool it was to hear a story told to us and the excitement we felt as the climatic ending came. Or "Winter's Flowers" and the beauty of a weed. Yep, a weed.

I have won several awards and my paintings hang in many private collections. You can read about that below, and for 2012, I want to push myself outside of my comfort zone and find new ways to give my clients exciting and innovative works to own for their enjoyment.

I'm a transplanted Virginian via Detroit, Michigan and live in Colonial Beach, VA. I have a grown son and daughter who somehow survived their "crazy mom", and my spoiled dog, Lacey Lou.

It is a priority for me to promote the arts culture and support other local artist friends and patrons in the Colonial Beach area of Virginia. I am honored to be the 2011 and the 2012 Executive Board Secretary and a Founding Member of the Tappahannock Artists' Guild.

So......... let's chat sometime. Give me a call, email me, or let's just go have a cup of coffee. We'll talk.
Miss Lacey Lou Sugarpop Donald

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Recent Highlights

Previous showings included Peddlers Market in Colonial Beach, General's Ridge Vineyard, Gresham House Gallery, Tappahannock Art Gallery, and Java Jacks in Tappahannock, Sidney King Art Center in Bowling Green, Dorothy Hart Community Center, Virginia General Assembly and Libertytown Arts in Fredericksburg.

  • September 2015 Designing artist and project manager for the Colonial Beach, Virginia Loveworks LOVE sign.
    Jennifer Donald Colonial Beach VA LOVE sign Colonial Beach Artist

  • July 10 - August 9, 2015 Potomac River Regional Art Show, Colonial Beach Town Center, Colonial Beach, VA
  • June 2015 - 2nd Friday Artwalk - Coldwell Banker Elite, Colonial Beach, VA
  • Featured mention in this article in House and Home Magazine

  • August - October 2014 Featured Artist - General's Ridge Vineyard,
    Hague, VA
  • September 2012 - Richmond County Fair, Warsaw, VA
           1st Place Blue Ribbon, Acrylic: Portraits
           1st Place Blue Ribbon, Acrylic: Sunsets
  • August and September 2012 - Featured Artist of the Month, Java Jacks Coffee House, Tappahannock, VA.
  • April 21, 2012 - Featured Artist of the Month, Tappahannock Farmers Market, Tappahannock, Va. with Blackstone Va. artist, Jerry Dance.
  • April 20, 2012 - "Are We Having Fun Yet?"  Opening, Tappahannock Art Gallery, Tappahannock, Va. with Blackstone Va. artist, Jerry Dance.
  • December 2011 - Regional Fine Art Exhibition - Bowling Green, VA - 2nd Place
  • September 2011 - State Fair - 2nd Place Ribbon; Fine Art
  • September 2011 - Featured Artist of the Month - Tappahannock Farmers' Market.
  • August 2011 - Richmond County Fair,
         1st Place Blue Ribbon, Acrylic: Portraits
         1st Place Blue Ribbon, Acrylic: Wildlife
         2nd Place Ribbon, Acrylic: Pets
  • August 2010 - Richmond County Fair, 1st Place Blue Ribbon, Acrylic: Still life
  • April 2010 - Northern Neck Artist Showcase Exhibit and Sale
  • January 2010 - 140 Hours of Fame International Online Art Exhibit and Auction
  • December 2009 - Java Jacks Coffee House Featured Artist of the Month
  • July 2009 - Riverviews Magazine Cover Art Contest - Honorable Mention
Jen working in studioJen at work 2012

Art Attack Fredericksburg Sept. 8, 2012Art Attack - Fredericksburg, Va
September 8, 2012

My "Koi II" painting on the cover of Weekende
My "Koi II" painting made the cover of Weekender Magazine
March, 8 2012

Jen Donald and 2nd place Ribbon at the Bowling Green Art Exhibition December 10, 2011
2nd Place Ribbon at the Bowling Green Fine Arts Exhibition in Bowling Green, VA. December 10, 2011