Donna Higgins Colson - Artist

Donna Higgins Colson–Colorist

"My soul takes flight in paint, and I soar"

Color is one of my earliest memories. And that combined with oil paint at the age of twelve, seemed like magic–and it still does. After years of "looks like" work in watercolor, I realized that oils truly were my passion and returned to them with a palette that has brightened over time into the use of pure colors applied in a variety of ways. It doesn’t matter whether I paint birds or bears, but rather their forms give me a chance to play with color. They are all celebrations and affirmations of those things in our lives that give us joy.

I feel fortunate to live in such a beautiful area as northeast North Carolina where nature still comes close to us. I’m always thrilled when I see a great blue heron flying past or working the ditches. Just watching a common gull or a group of pelicans skimming the waves evokes the atmosphere of the sea. I try to capture with color and form the amazement I feel in seeing these creatures.

Over time, I’ve been influenced by many artists as I’ve searched for my own personal painting vision. Two devoted hard working colorists come to mind: Northern Virginia artist, Maggie Siner, and fellow Northeast North Carolina artists, Dru Thompson and Margy Sawyer. Historically there are many more who have inspired me with their lives and work: Wayne Thibald, James McNeill Whistler, Lovis Corinth, Alma Thomas, Romare Bearden and Wolf Kahn, to name a few.




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