Donna Rawlins Sharpe
Donna continues to explore the fragility of beauty through its more
delicate life forms – orchids, irises, hummingbirds, seashells, pears,
a tree branch in bloom, a heron fishing or a tiny chickadee, for
She is constantly in awe of the hidden
strength/perseverance of these seemingly fragile natural forms.
For her, it is a reminder of the duality of life – the frailty of mortality
that we must all face, mirrored by the strength of spirit to celebrate
and cherish this momentary vitality.
She graduated from York University in Toronto as a high school art
teacher. She also studied printmaking at Otis/Parsons Art Institute
in Los Angeles and Emily Carr College of Art and Design in
Vancouver. She has been creating artwork for more than forty
She lived and worked in the greater Tokyo area in Japan for twelve
years and has now lived in Sackville, New Brunswick for over twenty-
five years and calls it “home”. She taught English as a Second
Language to Japanese students at Mount Allison University for 15
years before retiring in 2020.
Donna combines elements of both Japanese and Western art through
assemblages by drawing, and painting on a variety of papers and
silk kimono collaged onto wooden boxes or panels. Her work has
been exhibited in Ontario, Nova Scotia and throughout New
Brunswick. She has been a member of the Art Across the Marsh
Studio Tour since its inception over 20 years ago.