Donna Clair

Southwest Contemporary Artist

How I Came to New Mexico and learned about Art and Life


WORD PAINTINGS #127 (How I Came to New Mexico and Learned about Art and Life) – WINTER WORK 

27 November 2022 (Llano Quemado, New Mexico) – A Perfect New Beginning!!! Wakened to huge fluffy snowflakes at 7Am. a veritable whiteout!  Now 10:30AM – the grey clouds are clearing and all the pretty white stuff is melting.

Starting out with some small works – call them my Five Finger exercises.  Working on several at a time, underpainting, glazing, final brushstrokes.  When one is underpainted, it dries for about a week before I put on the glazes.  The highlights – final brushstrokes go on last. A lengthy process – no different than my larger canvases. Every time there are two or three that stand out and the end result is a major painting – all finished and framed.  

Winter is my favorite time to work.  Life is quiet.  I start preparing in early September – a habit I formed when I lived on the horse ranch in Truchas in 1982! My annual ritual ever since!  Art supplies have all been replenished, including new frames just waiting for finished work. All my devices are charged in case of any outage. The pantry is full. A new palette of fresh juicy oil paints – how good does it get?   Let the fun begin!  

Hug an artist today! 

Best regards to all, Donna

Four new paintings now available at my Collector’s Online Gallery….ENJOY!


ROMERO ROAD, (Tesuque, N.M.) – 10″x8″ Oil





RIVER ROAD (Ojo Sarco, N.M.) – 8″z10″ Oil


                                       SPRING THAW (Trujillo Road – Llano Quemado) 10″x8″ Oil