Portrait Artist Celebrates the Spirit of Toowoomba

seeking the heart of community

Portrait Artist Celebrates the Spirit of Toowoomba

Local artist Donna Mitchell will soon unveil a new body of work ‘Portraits: The Spirit of Toowoomba’ at the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, on display 8 September - 7 October 2018.

Image: Donna Mitchell in her studio / Reproduced by kind permission


The portrait artist said community was vital to the success of our world and an essential part of human existence that significantly impacts on world view.

“I aim to invoke in the viewer a sense of belonging and appreciation for the uniqueness of the individual - from everyday folk to Toowoomba icons that make up the fabric of our community, promoting a reflective experience on human relationship and resilience of the human spirit,” she said.

The work explores engagement with colour, line, reduction of form, and a sensually painted surface, retaining a foundation of realism balanced with a contemporary essence.

“I am interested in seeking the heart of community, raising awareness, promoting connectedness and painting narratives and emotions that release expressions of humanity,” she said.

“My intent is to bypass judgement and resolution, yet maintain a curious balance between hope and pain, truth and reality.”

“I am grateful for the opportunity given by Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery to exhibit my project.”

Donna Mitchell lives and creates her works in the Toowoomba region and has been a practicing artist for more than 25 years. She is in her final year of a Bachelor of Education in Visual Arts at the University of Southern Queensland.

The exhibition’s free opening event will take place on Sunday 9 September at 1:30pm. RSVP by Wednesday 5 September directly to the Gallery on (07) 4688 6652 or art@tr.qld.gov.au.

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