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The Sea and Personal Energy


Shea Stanfield
Arts Columnist

In his book, The Lighting Thief, author Rick Riordan wrote, “The sea does not like to be restrained….” and this holds true of local artist Donna Carver’s personal energy and art, as well. 

Donna was raised in New England and spent the long summer days with her family on Cape Cod, where she developed a healthy respect and admiration for the rhythmic motions of the Atlantic waves. Donna’s creative soul has always been rejuvenated by the strength and energy of the Coastal waters and everything connected with it. Over the years, she has painted anchored boats, lazy rivers, rolling hillsides and meditative horizons. Now Donna resides in Prescott, Arizona. It is the enchantment of the high desert waters, majestic mountain silhouettes, and expansive skies that energizes her creative spirit.

A wealth of experience in the “real world” brought Donna to her art. After finishing her nursing degree on the east coast, she moved to California where she went on to complete two advanced degrees at California State University, Northridge with a focus on Medical Sociology and Public Health. Donna returned to her love for art when she retired from her University teaching job and turned her attention full time to studying with noted professionals in the field: Phyllis Doyon, Julia Ayers, Michael McCabe, Robert Burridge, and Sui Zimmerman. 

Donna’s art took off and gained national notice over the past several years with five solo shows, participating in over 10 juried shows a year, and being invited to show in 30-selected group shows. One of her works, that of Morro Bay, was selected by Rotary International Club of Morro Bay for a Goodwill Trip helping the tsunami recovery efforts. Donna has also shown at the Tacoma Art Museum in Washington, in support of the North West Furniture Bank’s Fundraiser. She has co-opened and managed two galleries, Art Space at Le Mirage in Ventura California and Art Space at Backbone with Chris Cohen in Gig Harbor, Washington. In 2014, Donna was juried into the prestigious Non-Profit Fine Art Print Art Organization, Arizona Print Group.
Also in 2014, she curated and participated in the first Southwest Fine Art Printmakers Show held at Mountain Artists Gallery in Prescott.

Donna’s work is collected throughout the United States. Her mediums of choice are Fine Art Printmaking, which includes monotype, dry point etching, Chine Colle, and solar etching. She paints in acrylic and does mixed media on canvas and paper.

To view a vast variety of Donna Carver’s works, a list of current and past exhibits, commission/purchase a work or contact Donna, visit,, or  Donna’s work may be seen in Prescott at Mountain Artists Gallery, ‘Tis Art Center and Gallery, periodically at The Raven Café, and at Donna Carver’s Fine Art Studio #2 located on the lower level of Mountain Artists Gallery Building at 228 N. Alarcon Street in Prescott, Arizona.

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