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Artist Statement

In Japan, it is the little things that are cherished for their beauty. A colourful flower, a simple bowl, a sunlit corner of a tatami-matted room or a ripe piece of fruit help to provide peace of mind and serenity from the frantic pace of everyday living. At present, I am interested in combining elements of both Japanese and Western art, particularly in still life - looking carefully at composition and colour in appreciation of the small but beautiful things that we may see everyday but take for granted. My works are assemblages, either of drawings or prints (linocuts or woodcuts), or a combination of the two, with a wide variety of techniques and types of paper.

-Donna Rawlins Sharpe


York University in Toronto, Canada
Graduated 1976
Bachelor of Arts, Honours in Visual Arts and a Bachelor of Education

Studied Visual Arts at Otis/Parsons Art Institute in Los Angeles, California 1981

Studied Printmaking at Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver 1982


2005 to the present
ESL Instructor at Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB
Teaching MASSIE students from Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan.

Owner of The Sanderling Bed & Breakfast
Sackville, NB

President of Canadian Homestay Division, Universal Language Institute
Teaching English as a Second Language and coordinating the students' activities
and providing homestay.

September 1984 - March 1995
Teacher of English as a Second Language for a variety of schools, companies and
Primary contracts included the Tokyo Language Institute and the Universal Language

December 1983 - August 1984
Aamber Lodge, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada Rehabilitation Coordinator for
the mentally ill.

June 1980 - December 1980 and January 1984 - August 1984
Nanaimo Family Life Association, Nanaimo, British Columbia Child Care Worker

January 1977 - June 1978
Nanaimo School District 68 Nanaimo, British Columbia
Teacher Grades 1, 2, and 3

Summer 1976 North York Board of Education, Toronto, Ontario
Teacher - Drawing and Painting for gifted children