Richardson has been called a woman of vision from the paintings she creates to her philosophical view of life.
Originally from Bexleyheath in the county of Kent, a southeast suburb of London, England, she grew
up in a home filled with books, music and strong support of her interest in art from her parents. As a
child she would firmly state "I want to be an artist when I grow up" and at the age of 12 when her mother took
her to the Parthenon Art Gallery in Nashville, TN she will tell you that it was a defining moment in that room of
beautiful paintings as she affirmed that dream of hers. The lovely coincidence is that several years
later, Donna was in that same art gallery as a participant in a juried show, this time accepting an award for her
own painting "Cloud Watching".
Her formal training came from studio classes at Brescia University and studies with one
of her most influential teachers, W. T. Williams, a professor at Kentucky Wesleyan College. Both schools located in
Owensboro, KY. She also credits many workshops and seminars with professional artists along the way to
help reach her goal. Her love of painting continued to grow and she was soon in her own art studio, a place filled
with interesting bits and pieces from butterfly wings, bird nests, interesting rocks, and shelves of books. At
one end is a beautiful stained glass creation entitled "Sphere of Imagination" which she procured while her studio
was but a thumbnail sketch on paper. This lady takes obvious delight in seeing ideas come to fruition.
In her earlier years as an artist, Donna shared her love of art with others as she taught oil
painting classes and seminars through the Kentucky State Park system as one of "The Kentucky Heritage Artists". In
the late seventies, art reproductions commonly referred to as limited editions prints were extremely popular
and it was at that time that she and two dear friends and fellow artists Jan Anderson and Virginia
Cummins founded the publishing company of Creative Source inc. where they published their own work and that of
other artists. Exhibiting in national tradeshows offered many opportunities in the marketplace here and abroad for
these artists in the twenty five years they operated their business.
Throughout her career as an artist, Donna showed great instincts for trends in the commercial
world of art. It was a series of butterfly prints and owl prints in the late 70's which proved to be her
successful introduction into the print market. In the early eighties she was the first, or one of the first
artists, to introduce teddy bear images which won the hearts of the public and featured her English
mother's childhood bear.
In the early nineties, an image was placed upon her heart that impacted her life and that of
Meagan Finley, the little girl who posed for the painting. It was a portrait of an angel with a Renaissance
era influence, a dark toned canvas and layers of transparent glazes and it was called "Angel In The Garden". You
might notice numerous titles have been given this piece as it was licensed through other
companies.This particular work brought much acclaim to the artist and began a series of
angel portraits plus an inspirational complilation of poetry entitled "Messages From Heaven" by her sister,
writer Bee Ewing France. To this day she receives stories of how this angel has touched the lives of others
and her heart is blessed.
Donna has been fortunate to have worked with some of the most prestigious companies in the
art and design industry including The Bradford Exchange, Bradford Editions, Ashton-Drake, Leisure Arts, Dimensions,
Mohawk Home division, Avon catalog division and others. Currently the angel series is available on stretched canvas
through Price Imports.
After she and her business partner Jan sold the publishing company in
2006 (Virginia had retired in 1995), Donna briefly thought about retiring but her love for art and design
simply would not let that happen, With her experience in designing Christmas ornaments and collectibles for other
companies, she decided to work on a smaller scale in her own studio and is now capturing treasured memories in
print, on porcelain china ornaments, plates and other keepsakes for weddings or other special events. "It's great
fun and I truly enjoy working with people". She continues to license her images and is available for commissioned
On a personal note, Donna enjoys music and singing in her church choir. She and her husband
Michael are movie buffs and love to fly, they bought their first airplane before either of them had any flying
lessons. Mike went on to attain his pilot's license, Donna mostly puttered at it and now laughingly calls
herself Mike's 'flight attendant'. She likes to work outside in her landscaping which
includes intriguing rocks, shells and driftwood from travels. "I even brought some rocks back from a trip to
England albeit small ones" she laughed and then added, "Nothing from
Donna does various speaking engagements where she shares her testimony and is
quick to give God her thanks and praise for the things that are close to her heart... her family and darling
grandchildren, her church home, the supportive community where she lives and the incredible blessing of having
a career that she loves.