Donna Simon, Artist | San Antonio, Texas | (210) 886-9936

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One of my most cherished activities is my morning power walk on the Riverwalk Annex in the King William neighborhood.
As I move along, I truly enjoy looking at the variety of textures and patinas on the river walls. Furthermore, I am fascinated with the sunlight reflecting off the water onto the walls at a very specific time and place along my path.

 That I am able to transfer this visual information into this current painting series has been a wonderful challenge. In addition, sharing this morning celebration with the public is a joyous event for me. Come walk with me and notice the daily wonders in nature right before our eyes along with some you might have overlooked.

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Flight Patterns
These paintings comprise a series of ideas taken from the patterns of butterfly wings. This is significant in my personal life since I wanted to create a body of work in memory of my mother who passed away three and a half years ago. Since she so adored nature and specifically these beautifully decorated day-flying insects, I was elated when I was able to paint about them. This gave me the opportunity to use texture and glazed layers of color to celebrate my mother, Hilda Dorfman, and Mother Nature – two very important mothers in my life.
 
9-11 Series
As I watched the horrific events unfold under that clear blue sky on September 11, 2001, I was riveted by the constant images of yellow striped firefighters’ tape moving throughout the landscape of what we now call Ground Zero. The television cameras and the magazine photographers recorded the days that followed revealing the devastated grounds entwined with ribbons of yellow reflective tape. The image stayed with me from that day until I was able to interpret it on canvas.

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