DONNA MISKEND is a fine art and commercial artist based in NY. Her art is influenced by the organic design and colors in nature, and is primarily nature and literary themed. On track for certification through the NY Botanical Gardens, she has recently added scientific nature and botanical illustration to her work.
Donna is an exhibiting artist and works commercially. Her work has appeared in publications and in productions for The Strindberg Repertory Theater. She is the former President of the Children’s Book Illustrators Group and is active in children related programs. She is a judge for art organizations, and regularly adjudicates for the Scholastic Writing Awards and the Morgan Library and Museum’s Morgan Book Project. In support of her creative community, she maintains a blog of interviews with people in the arts. Her writing includes feature articles in The Botanical Artist. In addition, Donna curates exhibitions showcasing the work of contemporary illustrators, most recently Illustrating Edgar Allan Poe at the Poe Visitor Center and Fairy Tales at the Brooklyn Central Library.
Donna believes art is a window on the world and that it is vital as an educational tool. In association with her exhibits, she creates public programming for all ages with lectures and activities. She is a teaching artist with Lifetime Arts and Arts Westchester. Her workshops serve children, K through high school integrating core curriculum using multimedia art and writing, and adults through senior adults. She often says that art is about possibilities, so while her primary medium is watercolor, Donna is a multimedia artist. As a teaching artist she integrates up-cycled materials to expand the experience of her students. From writing and jewelry to painting, Donna offers a variety of workshops for all ages.