I came into the world with crayon in hand. San Angelo Texas is my home town and now back home to my Texas roots and family after adventures on the west coast, marriage and kids and
travels, and the joy of my own galleries in California and Washington.
Being creative is the thread that runs through it all. Making stuff.
Watching and doing. Observation is my guide. Brief instruction in oil painting in high school was enough to catapult me into a life of painting, now using the ingenious water-soluble oil
paints. I taught myself to knit intricate sweaters, to crochet curtains and lamp shades, to design and make hand-sewn quilts with one in the Nevada State Heritage Quilt Project. Last minute Halloween costumes, signage for golf events, clay pots for my plants, and on. It's all about painting
these days but still enjoy making stuff.
So many things I want to paint, much interest in many places.
Motion and emotion are my muses. Horses have long been a favorite. Emotion in those big eyes, flying
manes as they race with abandon and freedom.
Quiet or whimsical or fiery moments captured in paint. Flowers have their own intriguing moments as well. In the crepe paper fresh opening of a bud or past their prime curves and reveals of inner
secrets, I am fascinated.
Publications have featured my works and thoughts, national and local: Southwest Art, American Art Collector, Ashland Magazine, Southern
Oregon Magazine, Jacksonville Review, Ojai Valley Guide. My artist memberships: Oil Painters of America and Woodlands Art League. I've been involved in several artist associations: American Women Artists, Women Painters of Washington, and served on the
board and as studio host of Bainbridge Island Studio Tour.
Art is my gift that I present to you.
Danna Tartaglia, OPA