Donna Bates Artist Statement 2017
Having always been fascinated by people and their story, I guess that is why I create and am a fan of Figurative Art! I try to create big, dramatic, sultry, sexy statements. Having worked in the graphics/ illustration/ 3D Animation field for many years, I like to combine realism with graphic boldness.
I paint strong, independent, sexy, powerful, women in other words Bad-Ass Chicks! My most recent series “War Paint and Curlers” speaks to women’s rights, struggles and part in the human condition.
In my life, there has been great progress for Women in our world but there is still so much inequality and abuse. As women, we must be more vigilant than ever to protect and champion our civil rights. I just hope that my paintings can shed a light on our complexity, our strength, our humanity and create empathy in the viewer while being visually engaging.