Born in Brockton, MA, Donna earned her BFA in Fashion Design from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Following college she worked for a short time in a gallery and frame shop before accepting a position at Hasbro, Inc. where she’s worked on and off for more than 25 years, designing toys for the girls market.
Her varied works express a passion for surface design, collage, painting, jewelry making, and a driving desire to constantly try new things.
Her current artistic expression uses common plastic bags destined for landfill, transformed into richly layered abstracts. In her hands, recycled plastic grocery bags and mesh produce sacks undergo metamorphosis by fire (well almost; they are melted with an iron between sheets of parchment paper). The newly formed compound is cut, stitched, and sometimes fused by heat again. A canvas then becomes the laboratory where unique elements like buttons, bottle caps, paper, and fabric scraps, or rusted metal bits are combined with the fused plastic and transmuted into an abstract cityscape, still life, creature, or pattern. The unpredictable process results in an amalgamation of vibrant color, layered texture, and visual story.