Donna Heslip Fine Art


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War and Peace
11.5 x 21.5  Soft Pastel


This still life is an expression of my fascination with the several Hopi katsina dolls I have collec ted.  After researching the traditional methods of making a katsina and the specific spirit each represents, the dolls have taken on an even greater significance.  "War and Peace" focuses on a few of the spirits who are the peace makers and the warrior leaders immersed in the age-old conflicts that arise when one culture attempts to dominate another.  The diagonals in the background speak of the resulting strife between communities and nations.


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April 2, 2015


"Cut down and out - do your hardest work outside the picture and let your audience take away something to think about."  Frederic Remington, 1903


Artist's Statement

Rising to new challenges is at the core of all my art.  Each new still life set-up calls for exploring the dynamics of light and shadow in relation to color and composition.  In addition, there are the complexities of integrating drawing and application of the medium.  All must come togther successfully to represent the actual three-dimensional images within two-dimensional limitations.  The desired outcome: to convey my passion for the subject and cause the viewer to linger.


About Soft Pastel

Originating in 16th century Italy, soft pastel is a drawing material consisting of a stick of color made of ground pigment mixed with just enough gum or resin to bind it together.  Pastels produce bright, pure colors which, unlike paints, do not change color as they dry out.  Distinguished artists who worked in pastel include Degas, Cassatt, Renoir, Redon, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Whistler.  Their works are as fresh today as the day they were completed.