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 both an exhibiting artist, and she works commercially. Her work has appeared in publications and in productions for The Strindberg Repertory Theater. She is a member of ASBA, SCBWI, Children’s Book Illustrators Group former President and current board member, and she 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 Eye On Nature-Artists Explore the World of Plants and Animals, Illustrating Edgar Allan Poe at the Poe Park 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 various art media including up-cycled materials, as well as adults to senior adults with programs such as jewelry and storytelling. She is particularly interested in literary (ELA), cultural, (SS), art and natural science topics. Donna believes that art is about possibilities, curiosity, and creative expression.