About Donna Brewins-Cook
Research and Development Fund from Yorkshire Arts (now The Arts Council)
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Born Donna Cook, I have lived in Yorkshire all my life. Northern light is important to the paintings and I enjoy the challenge of depicting the constant flux state of a landscape. Walking is central to any new work, I walk around a particular area to get a feel for the place, sketching in charcoals, pencils, acrylics and taking photographs. I then merge the sketches with a remembered memory and feeling of the place, using these experiences back at the studio.
I prefer my work to create its own presence. I hope my paintings say something about changing environments and personal space, the images we look at and the atmosphere which envelops them, changes as does our experience of visualising and absorbing images over time.
I have had a number of private and public commissions, most notably a painting featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs TV programme (Sept 2013), producing a large scale oil painting for the interior of the York House episode.