About me

Donna Acheson Juillet

Artist

I fell in love with watercolour when I was younger and my mom proudly stuck the onion she had just painted in her watercolour class on the edge of the mirror in the kitchen. The delicate blending of colours, subtle differences in value, alluring negative work and glimmering transparency fascinated me. I have been painting ever since.

 

I love to take risks, to provoke those accidents that this wonderful medium has to offer. However, I do not leave everything to chance and plan my compositions, looking for balance through the use of value and colour.

 

I enjoy mixing the figurative with the abstract, often suggesting still life shapes, nature or animals, inviting the spectator to finish the story that I started. I prefer to work from my imagination, interpreting nature, drawing from my memories and sensations of past experiences. I am interested in art that shows the artist's vision of the world as they see it.

 

For me, painting with watercolours is a never-ending adventure and a never-ending love affair!

  

Prizes

  • DeSerres Award, CSPWC Open Water 2016, Gery Puley Award CSPWC Open Water 2014, Salis International Inc., CSPWC Open Water 2013 Exhibition, Canada.

  • 1st Prize, Festival International de l'aquarelle, Aiguillon 2014.

  • Special Prize Batigère at the Salon International de l'Aquarelle d'Uckange, 2014.

  • Jury's Prize,  Biennale d’Aquarelle de Ribeauvillé, 2013.

  • First prize for the Le Rêve competition, Tribu des Artistes, Mai 2014.

  • City prize for Mesnil-le-Roi, Salon des Arts de Maison-Laffitte, 2013.

  • Medal from the Département des Yvelins,  « Fourqueux Village des Artistes », 2012.

  • One of three winners of Concours Abstractions, La Tribu des Artistes, 2011.

  • Second prize Concours Aquarelle Boesner, 2011.

  • Platinum medal (médaille de vermeil), Salon des Amis des Arts de Grenoble.

Other Actvities

  • Judge for Salon des Arts, Maisons Laffitte, France and Watercolour Challenge, Dubai.

  • Painted a camel for the Camel Caravan, Dubai.

  • Illustrated 11 children books.

  • Illustrated a set of Angel Cards for Lotus Tarot.

  • Published “Imaginaire”, personal watercolours retrospective.

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