Donna Miskend

Donna Miskend
Brooklyn, NY
Fiction, Non-Fiction, Collage, Drawing, Jewelry Design, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking
English
Arts/Cultural Organizations, Community Center, Independent Living, K-12 Schools, Library

I am a visual artist and writer based in New York, with specializations in illustration, design and fine art. Writing credits include The Botanical Artist. Professional associations include: Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, present board member and former president of the Children's Book Illustrators Group, American Society of Botanical Artists, teaching artist with Arts Westchester, and guest judge for arts organizations including the Morgan Library & Museum, and Scholastic Writing Awards. I hold a B.A. in Art History, NYU, with additional commercial art course work from S.V.A, Pratt and F.I.T., natural science and botanical illustration certificate track studies. My art work is exhibited in galleries and museums, used in theater productions, and manufactured commercially. Recent shows I've curated include: Edgar Allan Poe Illustrated at Poe Park Visitor Center and Fairy Tales at the Brooklyn Central Library.  I create public programing for the exhibits, including art history related lectures, interviews, and art workshops for all ages. My art is inspired by nature, literature, the decorative arts and many artists such as Matisse, Rackham, and Sargent to name a few. To learn more and view recent work, visit www.donnamiskend.blogspot.com .

 

Working with older adults has been rewarding. After completing a drawing, one student said, "I didn't know I could do that." I was delighted, because it meant she gained the confidence to pursue art further. It's satisfying to be able to share my love of art and to give that feeling to someone. And for those who are already accomplished artists, my goal is to introduce them to a new medium or inspire them to work on their craft more. A workshop or community setting provides an opportunity for students to collaborate, learn from fellow students and engage with others who share the same interest. My students inspire me as well, challenging me to find new ways of communicating through art. There are no limitations in the visual arts, it's about experimentation and expanding possibilities. It's a discipline where one never stops learning and I'm thrilled to be able to share my experience with my students.

An article about my class at the Dobbs Ferry library appeared in The Rivertowns Enterprise newspaper December 15, 2015 edition.