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Donna Turgeon is the owner of ART a la Carte Gallery in Occoquan, VA and an award winning artist who began drawing and painting as a child. She also is a scientist with 30 years experience as a biological oceanographer, marine ecologist and diver. She is a published scientific illustrator and author of 50 journal articles and books. Her scientific background gives her a unique insight into the subjects she paints, that include seascapes, birds, and other animals. Donna has created 300 original paintings in watercolor, acrylic, pastel, and oil, and hundreds of limited edition prints. Her realistic style and color application are the main reasons that her artwork is compared to James Audubon, Georgia O’Keeffe and Andrew Wyeth. Whatever medium, her paint is laid down in fine layers, which gives greater intensity and depth of color to the watercolors and a heightened three-dimension to the acrylics and oils. All Turgeon paintings begin with a light sketch of the subject on a professional substrate (i.e., acid-free, museum quality, archival heavy weight #300 d'ArchesTM paper, Epson canvas, or prepared art board such as GessobordTM ). Each painting is done with professional quality sable brushes using Artist grade permanent pigments that are light fast. She frames with hardwoods and is meticulous that all finishing materials must also be archival. Her paintings on paper are attached with acid-free framing tape to an acid-free backing board with museum-quality mat boards surrounding the artwork. Similarly protected, the entire surface of her acrylic and oil paintings is sprayed with at least eight layers of non-yellowing, acid-free varnish with U-V broadband light protection. Using acid-free double stick framing tape, she seals the back of each framed piece with an acid-free archival dust cover. Finally, stainless steel D-fasteners and a sturdy wire are attached to safely hang your new original painting. Donna grew up on a small farm in East Freetown, a rural coastal community just north of New Bedford, MA. She had an impressive portfolio by her senior year in High School. She has a degree in Fine Arts from Northern Virginia Community College, a BSEd from Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts, an MA from The College of William and Mary, and a PhD from the University of New Hampshire. In 2001, Donna received a grant to conduct a scientific expedition of the coral reef ecosystems of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. For six weeks, she and 100 elite reef scientists cruised over 1200 miles aboard two large ships north of the Main Hawaiian Islands. Their destination was ten little known remote, rarely visited islands and numerous atolls, pinnacles, and shoal waters where they launched small craft Zodiacs to survey underwater reef habitats by SCUBA diving. Her extraordinary underwater experience is captured digitally. Along with 1500+ photographs taken while teaching in Kenya, East Africa and on travel in Zambia and South Africa, she plans to add coral reefs and African wildlife to her art repertoire in the next few years. See more of Donna's artwork at the ART a la Carte Gallery, Occoquan VA and visit her other online website donnaturgeon.com.
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