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Client List

Awards.com
Adobe Systems

Bark Magazine
Bentley House/APL (Posters)
Bingo Books

The Boston Globe
Cardstore.com
Cygna Insurance Corp.

DaMert Co.
Delicious! Magazine
Discipleship Journal

Gymboree
Harcourt Brace Publishers
Herman Adler Design

Intervisual Books
Klutz Press
Mindscape

Nordstrom Stores
Paper Products Design

Portal Publication
Pronto Design

San Francisco Zoo
SayIt.com
Silver Editions

Steck-Vaughn Company
Schurman Design
Weldon-Owen Publishing

Published works

My Cat Pearl
T.Y. Crowell, NY, NY

What Makes a Rainbow
Intervisual Books, Santa Monica, CA

What Makes Music
Intervisual Books, Santa Monica, CA

The Itsy Bitsy Spider and Other Finger Rhymes
Weldon Owen Publishers, SF, CA for Gymboree

Dear Friends
Harcourt School Publishers, Orlando, FL

Kyles Attic
Harcourt School Publishers, Orlando, FL

The Dog and The Bone
Houghton Mifflin, NY, NY

Links to more Dona Turner art

Dona Turner's bio

Dona Turner is a Fine Artist and Illustrator. She has over 60 images published as lithograph prints and her work has been licensed for a variety of home decor items, greeting cards and napkins. Her illustration work also includes children's books in print and CD ROM format, toy packaging, educational posters and textbooks, illustrations for software products and editorial illustration. In addition to work as a Fine Artist and Illustrator, Turner teaches Graphic Design at the University of California Berkeley Extension in San Francisco. Her canvases and pastels are currently available at art galleries around the Bay Area including the Andrea Schwartz Gallery in San Francisco.

Turner is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, the Graphic Artists Guild, and East Bay Pro Arts

Dona Turner's statement

This is what I think:

I think Art is the practice of making something profound out of nothing remarkable. Art is about capturing moments and the experiences of life in forms unlike the moments and experiences themselves. I think Art is the flash of lightening that isolates, illuminates, and enhances selected bits of our perceived reality. Art lifts those bits out of context and gives them new meaning. We see them differently because they’re not connected to the other things we’re used to seeing them connected to any more. In this manner, art captures time. Art finds the stuff that exists beyond what we know, beyond what we can see or hear, and makes us think about it.

My recent canvases have been compared to archeology or a view through a microscope. In them I sand through layers of paint and glaze to reveal unplanned combinations of color and texture. The finished work and the painting methods are informed by the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi. Wabi-sabi finds beauty in imperfection, the seemingly incomplete, and the natural erosion that marks the passing of time. The work reflects my ongoing interest in revelation, history, and the practice of recognizing beauty in unexpected places and in unexpected ways.