Check out our artist interview!


 

Dona Gelsinger

What made you want to become an artist?

I was born with the desire to create art and have been drawing from a very young age. As a kid I would sit for hours alongside my Grandpa while he would paint these massive landscapes in oil. I always had a pencil or crayon in my hand as a kid, I just loved it.

How would you describe your art to someone who is unfamiliar with it?

We call it Heartwarming Art. It’s basically a realistic style of painting with the goal of making an emotional connection with the viewer.

Who has been the biggest influence on your design work?

Collaborating with my son Jesse, who is my business partner, has had a profound impact on the direction my work has taken.

What is your personal motto?

Begin each day with the LORD and try to live each day as He would like me to.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned since becoming an artist?

It is a great blessing to be able to do what I love each day as my chosen profession.

What inspires you? Where do you get inspiration for new concepts?

Many things in nature are inspiring to me and I never tire of seeing the way the golden light of evening colors the trees or the way sunlight shines through a rose petal, or the smiles on my grandchildren’s faces. It truly is all around us.

What is your favorite work of art (done by you)?

I am most proud of creating the Stations of the Cross for St Dennis Catholic Church in California. It was a 2 year project where I created 14 near life size paintings of the passion of our LORD.

What is your creative workspace like?

My studio is the second floor of my home with open banisters to the ground floor. Lots of natural light and a beautiful view of a little creek and waterfall, lots of trees and wildlife. Very peaceful and quiet!

What is your creative process like?

I start with a concept we like and that we think our customers will like, then we create quick thumbnails until we get something we love.   I collect reference material which can involve a photoshoot, road trip, or a hike picking flowers, or anything in between. The next step is a sketch then on to the painting which is my favorite part of the process!

If you could spend a day with one artist, living or dead, who would it be and what would you do?

I’d have to say Michelangelo. Watching him work on the Sistine Chapel would be amazing!

What art projects are you currently working on?

I’m keeping very busy these days working on next year’s Christmas and everyday lines of art. I’ve also been working hard on our amazing new wall decor line, Glow Decor!

What statement do you hope to make with your art?

I hope to reflect in my small way the beauty and love of GOD that surrounds us.

What do you feel makes your designs unique?

I paint in a realistic style with an emphasis on lighting and uplifting emotional qualities. I want the piece to be pretty and engaging in a heartwarming way.

What stands out to you as one of your favorite professional highlights so far?

Painting the Nativity is always a really fun highlight of my year. We make our own costumes and stage live photoshoots. I’m really happy with how the paintings are turning out and they continue to sell great for us on all sorts of products.

What is your favorite part of your job as an artist?

Being able to do what I love each day and the blessing of working with my son.

What are your plans for the future?

Continue creating art for as long as the LORD wants me to!