ABOUT DONNA BISSCHOP
Originally from New Jersey I have lived in Ontario for the past forty years, settling in Kawartha Lakes in 2011.
My art career has been as varied as my choices of towns and cities, moving through pointillism/ pen & ink, watercolour pencil, decoupage, acrylic paint, leather and wood. All my life I was told to stay in one place; to pick one medium and stick with it. I’ve discovered over the years that I enjoy continuity and change. I love challenging myself to achieve new projects and concepts, to be part of community – making a difference through creativity. Nature, a connectedness to Spirit, cycles and the meditative rhythm of knot- work play out largely in much of my art…breathing vision into action.
With a Native and Swedish heritage my artwork is rich in cultural symbolism.
As well as creating art, I am a certified Life Skills Coach, an art therapist, and a Visual Facilitator – using my expertise to encourage and support people who want to be their full potential…and of course, for fun!
With a creative mind and a desire to plant seeds of inspiration, I published a novel in 2011 called A Raccoon in Sheep’s Clothing…a seriously fun look at what we are doing to our planet and how much of it is unsustainable. Sometimes you just have to put your money where your mouth is – an enormous learning curve that I am proud of.
A few other achievements for which I am thankful for accomplishing:
• “Abigail McChuff” – a children’s book on death published in 1974
• Designed and illustrated books and games for Rural Response for Healthy Children, a Special Needs Prevention Program
• “Back to the Garden” a painting donated to the US after Sept. 11th
• “The Spirit of Kiid K’yaas”, a commissioned painting of The Golden Spruce for the Haida Nation of Haida Gwaii
My studio at 18 Murray St. in Fenelon Falls is open all year by appointment or chance. Please come and see my unique and affordable art…let me know ahead of time and I’ll be prepared with some fabulous homemade baking!