DONNA CATOTTI: “I think the need to create is something inherent in an artist’s personality.  Standing at the easel, I work to please only myself, not an easy task.  When others viewing my work find meaning, pleasure or inspiration to take away with them, then I have succeeded in my efforts.”

Donna Catotti has been a professional artist for over 40 years.  Currently working in oil, pastel, sculpture and serigraphy, Donna has been actively entering competitions with success, and traveling yearly to NYC for a show at the National Arts Club.  Currently she has a piece, “One Hundred and Ten Years Later – A Tribute to H. W. Watrous”, in the American Women Artists Show, “Making Their Mark”, at the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, GA.  

As a professional artist in Alaska, this is an unusual time with no tourists and galleries closing.  In many ways, things are not so different. Artists keep their own company when working.  Work and finances are two separate issues, however, so as summer approaches, Donna looks forward to painting outdoors again. In the studio, she has numerous projects going which she will get back to soon, including paintings to finish, and a sculpture she plans to take to the foundry when it is safe to fly again. 

Donna is Alaskan Ambassador for the Portrait Society of America, curating shows for members, and she hosts an annual painting workshop with Studio Incamminati instructors, though this year’s workshop is postponed until 2021 due to the Covid virus.