Donna Clair

Southwest Contemporary Artist

WORD PAINTINGS # 142 – GUATEMALA PART III – CIVIL WAR

The pace of this trip was exhausting. Prior to heading for the Friday Market in Solola and Lake Atitlan we had spent a night at Posada de Belen. Damp dark sleeping room – the courtyard where Sister Ortiz had been kidnapped – my first hint that this was far more than a photo trip for […]

WORD PAINTINGS #141 – GUATEMALA 1991 PART II – EASTER SUNDAY IN CHICHICASTENANGO

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“A dream is a wish your heart makes when you’re fast asleep”. Remembering that day in 1956 when teachers Ms. Schaefer and Ms. Flynn regaled my Spanish class with colorful stories of their trip to Guatemala. Their excitement about spending Easter Sunday in an exotic-sounding place called Chichicastenango was joyful!!! Chills, goosebumps, their excitement was […]

WORD PAINTINGS #140 – GUATEMALA 1991 – SEMANA SANTA PART I

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February 1991 – Listening to Joseph the Starwatcher while painting my Taos studio, I heard an ad from the Center for Anthropological Studies announcing a group trip through Guatemala. Having just sold a large canvas at my Santa Fe gallery, I thought “Aha, this is my chance to get some good photographs for a new […]

WINTER GIFTS 2023

 To Art Friends everywhere!  The original of this painting, WINTER GIFTS, was “adopted” by some great friends and very prolific art collectors years ago and still resides in a lovely home in Taos. The street in this painting is the main street in Truchas — I walked to the post office from my little adobe […]

GRACIAS A LA VIDA!!!!

  25 November 2023 (Llano Quemado, New Mexico) This painting is called “Our Daily Bread” and was completed in 2008….a wonderful day at Taos Pueblo with Santa Fe artist and good friend, Dan Bodelson. We bought that loaf of bread just as she was taking out of the horno and in minutes it was gone […]