Donna Muller

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My husband Gerald and I lived in Saskatchewan all of our lives except for the wonderful 10 years that we decided to live on the ocean in Nova Scotia. We called 2007-2017 our extended holiday. Nova Scotia is where my creativity got reactivated. I originally started painting in 1978 so I could cover my walls with vivid memories of good times. I love taking pictures and, after a holiday, I would always find a few pictures that would inspire me to create a special painting for myself. With working full time and having three children, it left me very little time to paint. So, after we moved to Nova Scotia, leaving our three grown children behind to live in a wonderful place with awesome scenery and many creative artists, I started painting full time. In 2012, I started selling my work and attending plein air painting events, and in 2015, I opened up Donna’s Galley in Bayside, Nova Scotia. After 10 wonderful years and grandchildren starting to arrive, we decided it was time to move back to Saskatchewan. July 2017, Donna’s Gallery moved to Buena Vista, Saskatchewan, where it was located on the shore of Last Mountain Lake, about 30 minutes NW of Regina. Then in August 2020 we decided to move closer to home and purchased a quarter section in the RM of Canwood, with a Mont Nebo address, and on Fur Lake. 

I feel art is a very personal thing. In my paintings I like to capture a special memory or feeling. My home is full of paintings that I enjoy looking at each day, to relive holidays and create that wonderful feeling of peace and serenity. I especially like painting water and the landscape, these scenes makes me feel so in awe. I love the beauty of nature. I sometimes add family members to a landscape painting to make it more personal. I paint in both oil & acrylic, and I’m always ready to try something new and different.

Here is a little history of my painting career, which is mainly self taught. In 1988, I took my first oil painting class, and in 1999, I attended the University of Saskatchewan; Emma Lake Workshop. Over the years I took a few more classes, and continued to paint for myself. It wasn’t until 2012, I decided to take my painting to a whole new level.

The following are events and shows that I have been a part of since 2012;

2020 Paintings displayed and for sale at Leask Wapiti Library

2020 Mister Print in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (New Gallery to be opened, but they have still not had their Grand opening due to Covid

2019 Last Mountain Lake Culture Centre, Art Show and Sale

2019 South Shore Art Guild Show at Last Mountain Lake Culture Centre

2018 Neil Balkwill Civic Art Center show cased my Art
2018 Last Mountain Lake Culture Centre, Show and Sale
2018 Culture Days Saskatchewan, Painting the heartbeat of the city, at Early Learning Centre
2018 Painting and a show of my paintings at Green Falls Landing, Revera, Grand Opening, with Scott Nicholson Fine Arts
2018 South Shore Art Guild show at Last Mountain Culture Centre
2018-Present paintings for sale at Rudy’s in Regina Beach
2018 Valley Art Show in Lumdsen
2018 – 2019, Regina Crossing, represented by Scott Nicholson Fine Arts, as one of their fine artists
2018  Brushworks Art Guild Regina
2017 – 2018 Plein Air Painters of Regina, which met every Thursday to Plein Air paint during the summer, and sketch during the winter.
2017 Paintings for sale in the Last Mountain Lake Culture Center art show
2017 Joined the South Shore Art Guild
2017 Dalhousie Medical School Water Week Art Exhibition
2017 Art Show at the Prospect Community Center
2017- 2019, Granite Spring Golf Course had my paintings displayed for sale
2016 – 2018 Tripp’s Gallery in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
2016 – Present, Shaw’s Landing in Nova Scotia has my paintings displayed for sale
2016  Uniacke Estate Museum Park, Mount Uniacke, NS, displayed some of my paintings, for their 200 year celebration
2016 My work was displayed, at the RBC in Tantallon, NS
2016 HANSARD DEBATES AND PROCEEDINGS Speaker: Honourable Kevin Murph, Friday May 20, 2016, recognition of my being a prolific artist.
2015 My art was juried into Xanadu Gallery
2013 Conducted a show called “Our Wilderness” with three other artists at 1313 Hollis Street, Halifax, NS
2012 – 2017 Participated with a group of plein air painters in Nova Scotia that went out regularly to plein air paint
2012 – 2017 Member of the Peggy’s Cove Festival of the Arts as a part of their Studio Tour, and participated in the plein air event. Peggy’s Cove Festival of the Arts, Granite Spring Golf Club displayed my paintings, for the 2017 Studio Tour, as we had just moved.
2012 – 2016 “Paint the Town” plein air painting event, Annapolis Royal, NS

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2012 – 2015 Member of the Lunenburg Art Gallery
2012 “Paint Sea on Site”, Lunenburg, NS

 

Short Bio
I feel as an artist I must always be trying to better myself, whether that means just painting more, trying different types of paintings, or learning from other artists. I always feel a painting should tell a story and create a feeling.
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