My path to becoming an artist has been a remarkably wild ride.

Let me share some of the lessons I've learned over the past twenty years. The most important one learned thus far is that you can take any hardship and transform it into something positive. What do you do when devastation hits so ferociously that it knocks you flat on your face? You have two choices—you can shrink and give up, or you can choose to fight. I decided to fight!

I thought about walking away when my house flooded, and I lost everything— and I mean everything. Sitting in an empty, gutted room with tears rolling down my cheeks, I honestly thought I had nothing left, nothing to share and nothing to give. At that moment, I heard a whisper from deep down inside My soul, an inner voice clearly said, "it's time to fight."

In the process of rebuilding my life, my Art became my inspiration, and it gave me the power to persist. I have persevered through pushing past all the things I thought I couldn't do while reminding myself to listen carefully to life and the lessons it gives you. Art gave me strength, and it can do the same for you.

This is the essence of my Art. This is why I use symbolism to communicate emotion. I create to gain understanding and foster acceptance. I use my Art because it has a profoundly layered meaning. People see their own stories in my Art as they use their minds to digest what their eyes are taking. They see themselves in my Art and take from it what it says to them. It's a reminder that they have fighting spirits, as we all do deep in our souls. Art has a unique ability to draw that out of us. It just takes a little something to remind us.

The poem  

Life we live what we decide

how we pull up from a nosedive at any one given moment in time

in this—this is where you meet your self

In this is where all your emotions have a face to where you can except or not

In this I CHOOSE to meet all of me.

If i crash and burn i do it gracefully rise like a phoenix ... for i have a lot of love a lot of nerve i don't know where this curve will take me but i will go with all of me

                                                         Dawn Donati