Who: Longtime Bend artist Joanne Donaca is a native Oregonian and a member of the Watercolor Society of America, the Pastel Society of America and Oil Painters of America. About two dozen of her oil landscapes are on display through March 30 in the atrium at Franklin Crossing, 550 NW Franklin Ave., Bend.
Q: I read in the press release that you’ve been shifting your style. Can you discuss that shift?
A: It’s a little bit more impressionistic. I’m currently working on a painting (that) has all these red poppies in the front, and then a red sports car in the back. I’m handling it much more loosely than what I have done in the past. I kind of fluctuate back and forth.
Q: When you start a painting, do you see it in your mind and try to paint that vision, or do you discover it as you go?
A: Actually, right now on my cellphone, I have 10,000 pictures. I’m sure you can laugh at something like that, but I’m always taking pictures, always getting new ideas. And then I sit down, go through some things and look at my images, and pick one out and go for it. Usually.
Q: Do you ever work from memory or do plein air?
A: I’ve done both, but it’s not my favorite thing to do. I look at it from a realistic point of view, too. Time is money to me. … I haven’t been out plein air painting in quite some time.
Q: What drew you to painting as your creative medium?
A: I started out very simple. I had an excellent teacher in high school to be quite honest. … Local artist Tom Browning went to the same school. … It was in Ontario, Oregon. Very little small country place. Very nice though.
Q: And you guys were lucky to have a good instructor there?
A: Oh, fantastic. He made us try everything, whether we wanted to or not. Everything from pen and ink all the way up through oils. He took us outside an awful lot. One of my favorite things he had us do was he took us behind the high school and they had these old burning barrels, and they were just round barrels, but there were probably six or eight of them and they had so much color in them. I was just really excited about the whole situation. I used all the colors that I had available to paint that picture.
Q: Would you say that teacher was your biggest artistic influence?
A: Probably yes, very much so. I’ve taken workshops from some very well-known artists too, but I don’t know. I still look back to that all the time. What I was taught way back at the beginning, I guess.
— David Jasper, The Bulletin