We’re excited to introduce you to Donna Wise, an inspiring 82 year old abstract artist based in Toronto, ON. Check out the interview below to get to know Donna and see more of her artwork.
Toronto Artist Donna Wise
How would you describe your artistic style?
Contemporary abstract expressionism.
What’s the main inspiration for your art?
The world around us.
What is the biggest goal you try to achieve with your art?
To have as much fun as I can as an 82 year old artist and to keep creating art that others may enjoy as much as I enjoy making it.
What’s your favourite thing about being an abstract artist?
The freedom to spend days in the studio, creating large abstract artworks.
Why abstract art and not other mediums? Have you always created abstract art or did you start out creating other styles?
I was never good at drawing, I did not have the patience to be precise, and I hated the smell of oil paints.
If you could describe your art in three words, what would they be?
Large, bold, energetic.
What’s one thing people might not know about you and/or your art journey so far?
Well, one thing is that I was a cheerleader in school and I got tossed up in the air, and I could even do the splits!
Did you always know you’d be an artist or how has your art journey progressed?
Although I always wanted to be an artist, my parents had a different idea for my career path. After my 4th child was in school, I started art school and journeyed from there.
In your opinion, what’s the most important personal characteristic needed to embark on a career as an artist?
A sense of humour, patience, and the ability to survive a lot of disappointments!
What advice would you give up and coming abstract artists?
You can continue to learn and study. You can learn by visiting art museums, galleries or by taking courses in new techniques….and just hang in there if you love what you’re doing.
Do you have any favourite podcasts or books that you love and that have contributed to your journey as an artist?
I love all the art books put out by the top art museums around the world and my two “bibles” are “The Geometry of Art” and the “Book of Colour” by Albers.
What’s your most fulfilling and enjoyable experience as an artist so far?
The feeling of joy and accomplishment after completing a collection.
Where do you see yourself and your art in 5 years?
I’m 82 and on fire now!