In second grade my hand flew exuberantly into the air at the teacher’s request to receive help with the production of the school play “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.”My task: create Papa, Mama and Baby.

With the largest brush I’d ever held in my small hand, I applied paint to gigantic cardboard sheets cut into the shapes of the brown bear family… MY brown bear family…since that day my art/life has been dedicated to celebrating animals and nature and color and paint … to creating my visual trail.


A few of my art/life highlights

  • • Learned nature/nurture as a wee one spending summers at my grandparents farm
  • • Art making and being in nature saved my life after violent trauma
  • • Completed a rigorous, documented nine years of solitary study 
  • • First gallery transaction: purchase contract: 1 collector 108 of my completed paintings 
  • • Owned/managed hot little gallery for emerging artists in a sizzling Art’s District
  • • My studio located in a former high security lock-up ward for women (1991 -1995)
  • • Studied with artists and healers in Bali,Tibet and Nepal
  • • Wrote/illustrated book for care givers; result of hospice volunteer experience
  • • Served as Artist in Residence in Cuyahoga Valley National Park
  • • Lunch at The White House celebrating First Lady Laura Bush’ National Park project
  • • The White House permanent collection with my National Park commemoration

Now, in ACT III of my art/life my interests have become more focused and intensified. I make art, write our community art/life blog publishing each week. I am nourished by collaborating with others; serving on the faculty of the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, as a Statewide Educator with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and as a volunteer and member of the Board of Advisers for Tidewater Arts Outreach.

Summer Afternoon, Drozda, Acrylic on paper, 36 x 105", 1998

Summer Afternoon (detail), Drozda, Acrylic on paper, 36 x 105, 1998

My commitment is to supporting the highest creative voice within myself and others by sharing my creative energy consultations through my service Lifecycle.

I am devoted to healthy self-expression. My highest priority: well-being/do no harm. To support this focus I practice Metta meditation:

May I be peaceful.
May I be happy.
May I be healthy and free.

May you be peaceful.
May you be happy.
May you be healthy and free.

May all beings be peaceful.
May all beings be happy.
May all beings be healthy and free.

My training in healing and fine arts blend making me the creative detective/explorer. I’m on the prowl bringing refreshed ways to look at self, others and our world seeking goodness, truth and beauty.

Donna Iona Drozda,  © 2016