Donna Gratkowski creates vibrant contemporary pastels inspired from nature.
Working with pure pigment is her attraction to pastels. Keeping the pigments pure, Gratkowski avoids bending, only layering the pastel with out moving the color with her fingers. Gratkowski uses each pastel like a paintbrush, swiping color on the surface in a painterly fashion. Making expressive marks releasing heart felt energy from her subject. Nature provides the composition, expressing it in vivid color is her passion.
Over the past years, Gratkowski has received awards from many national exhibitions. Gratkowski is a member of the Pastel Society of America, and the New Jersey Pastel Society.
Pastel Society of America Sussex County Arts & Heritage Signature Member New Jersey Pastel Society New Jersey Art Association Art Association Roxbury
Dannielle Mick Lakeside Art Studio NJ
Aline Ordman Pastel workshop Hyannis, MA
Alain Picard workshop Southbury, CT
Barbara Jaenicke workshop Newport, RI