Jeannie Donovan, Painter and Papermaker
Jeannie Donovan started drawing as a child growing up on a farm in East Longmeadow, MA. Her grandfather’s farm, ‘The Hollywood Egg and Fruit Farm’ had a lovely apple orchard and other fruit trees, barns with chickens and work horses to pull the wagons, and her father sold the eggs locally. She remembers drawing and painting the apple trees and fields from her perch at the kitchen table by the windows that overlooked the farm. It was here that she developed her deep connection to and reverence for nature and the natural environment. She has a BA in Art from Emmanuel College and an MFA from U Mass Dartmouth. Currently she works in watercolor, acrylic, and handmade paper as image in a unique ‘pulp painting’ technique. No paint is ever applied, it’s all finely beaten pulps.
Her paintings are often inspired by the nuances of light and shadow in nature and architecture at various times of the day. She is a lifetime member of the Artists Association of Nantucket. Travel to Nantucket, the Southwest, Mexico, and the Caribbean has been a source of inspiration for many years. After living in the Boston and North Shore area, she has recently moved back to western Mass where she looks forward to reconnecting to farms, animals, stone walls, and the local natural environment in her painting.
Jeannie has also taught art extensively on the high school, college, and continuing education level for many years. She currently teaches drawing and painting classes at the Northampton Center for the Arts. You can see more of Jeannie’s paintings on her website: jeanniedonovan.com.