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Donna Barnhart moved to the Atlanta area in 2015 from Memphis, Tennessee, and is pursuing a second career as an artist. Her artistic explorations include painting, mixed media drawing and collage. She has studied primarily with Chery Baird. Her work has been displayed at juried exhibits sponsored by Dunwoody Fine Arts Association, Atlanta Collage Society and Spruill Gallery. She recently completed a commission from the Marietta Arts Council to paint a large mural of an original work at the Marietta Square.
Within our universe and within each of our lives, there is a constant tension between order and disorder. We find security in the stable, predictable aspects of life, while we long for – or sometimes fear – the excitement of life’s surprises. We structure our lives with daily routines while we eagerly await the vacation that takes us away from them all. We recognize the need for rules but never stop looking for the exceptions.
Having longed for order most of my life, I now find greater contentment in a balance between predictability and variability. In my art, as well as my life, I look for a dynamic balance between a steady bass rhythm and a syncopated melody. I seek a harmony between comfortable patterns and challenging lines. Creating movement between stable geometric shapes and changing organic forms helps me truly appreciate the comfort of the familiar and the adventure of the unknown.