Donna Miskend is an illustrator, writer, curator and educator living in New York.
I have a degree in Art History, and 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. 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. I also enjoy working with literary themes, particularly when I can integrate nature into the design.
Professional memberships include American Society of Botanical Artists, Society for Children’s Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), Children’s Book Illustrators Group (CBIG, President Jan. 2009 - Feb. 2014 and current board member). Many of my projects are tailored to children. I adjudicate annually for the Scholastic Writing Awards and the Morgan Book Project, and participate in various literacy related events. 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 For illustration or other projects and queries regarding workshops, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org