Donna Leavitt: Seattle

PORTFOLIO: donnaleavittart.com

CAUSE: The North Cascades Institute. Check out how they've connected the people of the Pacific Northwest to their environment. 

Trees.

 I keep creeping closer and closer to them to explore all they have to offer the inquiring eye.  I’m always fascinated by their form and texture.  I prefer to draw winter trees, bereft of their lush leaves so as to see the wonderful form.  I love dissecting what I see in my photographs and finding what happens between what my eye sees and what my hand produces - that alchemy we call art. It’s hard work. it’s also exciting. And mostly it is a deep meditation and communion.

I aim to bring the viewer into the drawing with me to really look at and pay attention to trees, to examine their shadows and texture for an intimate visual experience.  My constant message is to remind the viewer of their importance to the thread of life.  They are great healers. Anyone who has walked amongst them, hugged one for blessing or comfort, or enjoyed their shade and their voices can tell you.

Majesty - 40'' x 70'' - Graphite On Paper - 2016

Majesty - 40'' x 70'' - Graphite On Paper - 2016

Totem - 57.5'' x 66'' - Graphite On Paper - 2008

Totem - 57.5'' x 66'' - Graphite On Paper - 2008

Thrust - 47'' x 66'' - Graphite On Paper - 2012

Thrust - 47'' x 66'' - Graphite On Paper - 2012