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Donna Parker shows at Galería Izamal

By Henry Vermillion

Donna Parker is a Canadian from Alberta. She was a scholarship student in art at the University of Alberta, and studied classical figure drawing at the Ryder School in Santa Fe before moving to Mexico in 2010. After that, her work changed dramatically. The colors, the folk art and the Mexican people opened the floodgates of her pent-up creativity. She became free to paint instinctively. “The paintings have flowed through me since then,” she says.

By Donna Parker
Sat, Mar 29, 6-8pm
Galería Izamal
Mesones 80

Galería Izamal will feature her work with a reception on Saturday, March 29 from 6 to 8pm. The gallery is downtown at Mesones 80, next door to the Teatro Ángela Peralta.

“In San Miguel, everything changed. My palette was inspired by the vivid colors here. My vision changed. My painting became more intuitive; less planned,” she says. All her images come from her subconscious, without models. Most of her images are of women… women she calls Cradle of Civilization Women. She is currently working with Toller Cranston with whom she shares the belief that the best art is intuitive and direct, rather than academic. “It must come from the heart,” she says.

Other images she paints include skiing nuns, colorful sheep, and angels. Izamal is San Miguel´s oldest cooperative art gallery. Work by Izamal jewelers Mary Jo Dolle and Vanina Landini and painters Steven Cary, Juan Ezcurdia, Javier Garcia, Cat Grall, printmaker Felipe López, and painters Henry Vermillion and Britt Zaist can also be seen.


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