Crown Point Graphics and Dona Gelsinger have been working together since 1996. Former owner, Mike Bursaw, recalls that she painted the best people and was drawn to the paintings she had of little girls in their winter coats and furry hats. This led to several of her Christmas angels being a part of the Crown Point Christmas line. Dona’s son and business partner, Jesse, recently shared, “Mike asked Mom to paint the first Santa Claus she ever painted. That has worked out incredibly well for us!”.
In 20 years we’ve licensed 50 pieces of Dona’s beautiful artwork. It’s safe to say tens of thousands of cards with the Dona Gelsinger signature have been sold across the United States. Her painting, “Blizzard Buddies”, licensed in 2006, continues to be a best seller for our customers today.
Jesse Gelsinger also shared, “Crown Point Graphics was one of our very first licensing agreements when Dona was just getting started in the industry. Crown Point’s owner, Mike Bursaw, has been a wonderful mentor throughout Dona’s career and we can’t thank him enough for all the encouragement and sound advice he has given us over the many years we have worked together. Mike has a heart of gold and we’re so thankful to count him as one of our dearest friends in the industry.”
"From a very young age, I had a love and appreciation for art. I would sit for hours watching my Grandfather as he told a story through his brush strokes, creating beautiful landscapes in oil. I went on to study art in college and began my career as a staff artist in advertising. After starting a family, I turned to freelance work and found my real calling when I was blessed with a commission to paint the Stations of the Cross for my church in California. From that point on, I knew what my life’s work was supposed to be, to use God’s gift to the best of my abilities."