After a life-long love of drawing and painting, Donna Bouchillon picked up her camera and brushes in earnest after retiring from 32 years with the United States District Court and Chambers of the Honorable B. Avant Edenfield.
Studying under wonderful instructors Rebecca Willis, Al Stine, Charles Reid, and many others, has been a dream come true.
Love of the natural beauty and abundance in our area of the country and, growing up in an area steeped with Southern traditions, gives an unlimited list of subjects to be investigated. Searching the small towns, back roads, refuges, swamps and marshes in the low country and the old highways of original Florida, for photographs and sketches has delighted and inspired her to, once again, put onto paper those things we are quickly losing sight of. Trains, abandoned rusty buildings and trucks, farms and creatures of the low country swamp areas have a special beauty. A dream finally realized and a chance to learn and develop something that is filling her days with delight. Hopefully you will find joy sharing them.
The last few years have been spent in abundant traveling with her husband, while he has been on the U.S. FITASC, Sporting Clays and All American Shooting Teams. While he taught clinics around the U.S. and took part in competitions in the U.S., England and France, she worked on improving her photography and drawing skills and painted whenever possible.
Known chiefly for her low country commissions for marsh birds, textured scenes of the South, and dog and equestrian portraits, her camera and brush have begun to study the family traditions of outdoor hunting and fishing in our woodlands and marshes as a precious part of life here, one that must be preserved for future generations.
Local walks show a mink, having a crab dinner in the Moon River low tide and nesting birds in abundance. Travel to new scenes all over the U.S. and abroad include the wildlife of the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone, and peoples, cultures and beauty of other Countries.
Donna paints what she sees, things that stir in nature, traditions that vary wherever you travel, and the old, fading things that pull at her heartstrings. Watercolor, oil, pen and ink, and pencil are her main tools. Life is learning, feeling, and seeing with the heart. Her heart is full.