Donna Watson is a mixed media collage artist. Her process incorporates layers of paint by mixing cold wax with oil paints. She then layers, lifts, scratches and rubs the surface, leaving a residue of marks much like the lost and found aspects of memory. She then adds collage, bundles of papers - sometimes wrapped and bound bundles of papers - and scrolls to help tell the story. She also incorporates nature into her works, adding sticks or rocks.
Donna is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society. She has won numerous awards in national juried exhibitions as well as best of show awards. She has taught workshops all over the United States and Canada. In 2017 she taught workshops in Australia and New Zealand, in 2019 she returned to Australia to teach workshops. Donna has also served as juror for national and international juried exhibitions. She has written articles and had paintings published in American Artist magazine, The Artist Magazine, Watercolor and Watercolor Magic magazines. Her collages and paintings can be found in the books MASTERS COLLAGE: Major Works by Leading Artists published by Lark Books, THE PULSE OF MIXED MEDIA by Seth Apter, 100 ARTISTS OF THE NORTHWEST by Schiffer publishing, and COLLAGE STORIES by Roxanne Stout. In 2017, her cold wax oil painting was included in the book COLD WAX MEDIUM by Rebecca Crowell and Jerry McLaughlin.