Donna Miskend is an illustrator, writer, exhibit curator and arts educator living in New York.
I recently turned to the study of botanical and natural science illustration after seeing the scientific work of Beatrix Potter. I don’t have a favorite subject, but I tend to lean toward flowers, though lately I’ve developed an interest in mushrooms. The natural science studies are still in the nascent stage as I navigate the enormous variety of species in the animal kingdom. In my general illustrations, I enjoy working with literary themes, particularly when I can integrate nature into the design. I admire the multi-disciplined approach of my favorite artists: Edward Burne-Jones, Delacroix, Degas, Sargent, Potter and especially Matisse. To that end, printmaking, photography, digital, and collage are all part of my repertoire, but my medium of choice is watercolor.
Professional memberships include American Society of Botanical Artists, Society for Children’s Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), Children’s Book Illustrators Group (CBIG, President 2009 - 2014 and current board member). I adjudicate annually for the Scholastic Writing Awards and the Morgan Book Project for children. And I participate in various events to encourage reading: Irish Arts Center’s annual Book Day. World Book Night when it ran in the US, and American Bookseller Freedom of Expression auctions. As an educator I hold independent workshops for all ages including NYS CCS/NGSS supported programs for children. My goal is to use art as a pathway to understanding a subject, but it should also be fun and inspiring. I am on the teaching artist rosters of libraries, Arts Westchester, and Lifetime Arts. In addition, I curate group exhibitions based on literature and nature, and create public programming to support the exhibits. Eye on Nature, Artists Explore the World of Plants and Animals 2018 focused on botanical and natural science illustration, and exhibition material from Dickens, A Celebration in Pictures is part of the Dickens Museum UK bicentennial archives. I am a contributing writer to Botanical Artist journal, where I interview artists worldwide, and maintain an arts interview blog http://bit.ly/2OE7O9K-Interviews. Stay up to date on all my activities at http://bit.ly/2Ujo3xZ-News Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org