Donna Maguire was born and educated in Nova Scotia. In her earlier years, she studied under successful Maritime artists John Cook, Ruth Wainwright and Jean Edmonds Hancock. Donna works mainly in oils, painting not only the life and the people of the sea around her but also in portraiture. Her work is in private collections across Canada, the U.S., the British Isles and Europe.
Donna cannot recall a time in her life when she didn't draw or paint. In the early 1970s, Donna's painting pursuits were put on hold for some years by the adoption of her two oldest boys and later by the birth of her son. Her time for painting was limited while raising three active boys and working full-time in a business career to assist with their education.
On a trip to British Columbia in 1993, Donna studied composition and colour under Louise Woodward of Salt Spring Island, an accomplished artist and teacher. After this workshop, Donna returned to Nova Scotia with a renewed passion for painting.
In 1995, Donna and her husband, Tom, acquired an abandoned historic house in the quaint fishing village known as Indian Harbour, adjacent to Peggy's Cove and just a thirty minute drive from Halifax. With renovations in progress, Donna opened "Rogues Studio Gallery", marking her return to full-time painting.
The families in the village of Indian Harbour live and fish much as their ancestors before them, changed little by the passage of time. The wild and unpredictable sea makes it a hard and cruel life. Donna strives to capture on canvas this way of life, one she feels will be soon absorbed by our fast changing era.
Donna's interest in this subject runs deeply in her veins. Her ancestors, originally of English and Scottish decent, settled in the early 1800s on the maritime shores of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. Her grandfather was the Ship's Chandler in Halifax, Nova Scotia, her great-uncle was the first senator of Newfoundland, and her great-grandfather started the major fishing industry in Newfoundland. They were known as the "Codfish Aristocracy".
A milestone in Donna's artistic development was a Colour and Composition Workshop in the south of France. After the workshop she spent a week in Paris touring, "in awe", the galleries - the Louvre, the D'Orsay, L'Orangerie, etc.
Visit Donna at Rogues Studio Gallery in Indian Harbour (Click for Map). You can also contact her by phone at 902.823.1933 or by email using the 'Contact' link below.