Photograph of Artist DONNA SCHAFFER
DONNA SCHAFFER
Healdsburg, California - United States



Original Artworks (15)

Donna Schaffer; Canyon Road Cottage, 2000, Original Printmaking Giclee, 20 x 16 inches. Artwork description: 241 This cottage is the Pedroncelli original family home. Their winery was just behind me when I was capturing this image. The original was sold awhile back - and the limited- edition prints are going fast.  They are available in 2 sizes on paper or canvas. The canvas size ...
Donna Schaffer
Original Giclee, 2000
20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
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Donna Schaffer; Last Hint Of Sun On Vineyard, 2001, Original Painting Oil, 20 x 16 inches. Artwork description: 241 The golden grass on the right corner is our property. We don' t grow grapes. But this shows you the inspiration I' m surrounded with.  ...
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Original Oil Painting, 2001
20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
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Donna Schaffer; Hilltop Vineyard, 2002, Original Painting Oil, 20 x 16 inches. Artwork description: 241 This vineyard is just up the hill from my kitchen window. Henry is a 3rd generation grape grower who sells his Zinfandel to major wineries each year. I want to try and paint this same vineyard in all it' s season. Shown here is summer. ...
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Original Oil Painting, 2002
20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
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Donna Schaffer; Looking Up At The Boat, 2003, Original Printmaking Giclee, 30 x 24 inches. Artwork description: 241 Based on a scuba diving adventure a couple years ago in Monterey Bay. The view is that of a diver getting ready to get back in the Zodiac, taken from the perspective of the diver who' s still about 40 feet under the surface. ...
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Original Giclee, 2003
30 x 24 inches (76.2 x 61.0 cm)
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Donna Schaffer; Ling Cod, 2002, Original Painting Oil, 28 x 22 inches. Artwork description: 241 This ling cod is in his dark camouflage mode. But he couldn' t hide from my camera - and now he' s immortalized on this canvas.  This painting was also selected to be the poster art for the April, 2003 Bodega Bay Fisherman' s Festival. ...
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Original Oil Painting, 2002
28 x 22 inches (71.1 x 55.9 cm)
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Donna Schaffer; Spiney Starfish, 2002, Original Painting Oil, 22 x 28 inches. Artwork description: 241 Found in the waters of Northern California, this starfish is based on one of my underwater slides. ...
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Original Oil Painting, 2002
22 x 28 inches (55.9 x 71.1 cm)
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Donna Schaffer; Sea Surge In The Kelp Forest, 2002, Original Painting Oil, 48 x 24 inches. Artwork description: 241 Oil Painting of a scene in Monterey Bay, California of a Kelp Forest in a strong current. Based on the artist' s personal experiences and photography. ...
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Original Oil Painting, 2002
48 x 24 inches (121.9 x 61.0 cm)
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Donna Schaffer; Humpback Whale Looking At You, 2002, Original Painting Oil, 28 x 22 inches. Artwork description: 241 This painting is based on my extended encounter with a juvenile male humpback in March, 2002 in the Silver Banks off Dominican Republic.  He was a real sweetie and hung out with us for hours! He didn' t leave until we all got out of the water ...
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Original Oil Painting, 2002
28 x 22 inches (71.1 x 55.9 cm)
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Donna Schaffer; Rock Crab And Strawberry ..., 2002, Original Painting Oil, 18 x 24 inches. Artwork description: 241 Rock Crab and Strawberry Anemones in Monterey Bay ...
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Original Oil Painting, 2002
18 x 24 inches (45.7 x 61.0 cm)
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Donna Schaffer; Blue Rock Fish In Montere..., 2002, Original Painting Oil, 40 x 30 inches. Artwork description: 241 Oil Painting of Blue Rock Fish in Monterey Bay. Based on the artist' s personal experience when diving in Monterey, California. ...
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Original Oil Painting, 2002
40 x 30 inches (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
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Donna Schaffer; Sharks Dinner, 2002, Original Painting Oil, 40 x 30 inches. Artwork description: 241 Shark' s Dinner? is based on a 2001 photo I took off New Britain Island in Papua New Guinea. The sharks had just been generously chummed. We were on the Peter Hughes liveaboard diveboat Star Dancer. ...
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Original Oil Painting, 2002
40 x 30 inches (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
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Donna Schaffer; Green Anemones, 2001, Original Painting Oil, 49 x 21 inches. Artwork description: 241 This triptych features green anemones in the rocks of Monterey Bay. The paintings are based on the artist' s original underwater photography. ...
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Original Oil Painting, 2001
49 x 21 inches (124.5 x 53.3 cm)
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Donna Schaffer; Harbor Seal In Monterey B..., 2001, Original Painting Oil, 28 x 32 inches. Artwork description: 241 A Monterey Bay harbor seal rest on the top edge of some kelp about 40 feet under the surface of the water. Based on an underwater slide taken by the artist. ...
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Original Oil Painting, 2001
28 x 32 inches (71.1 x 81.3 cm)
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Donna Schaffer; Rainbow Starfish In Monte..., 2001, Original Painting Oil, 20 x 20 inches. Artwork description: 241 Oil painting on canvas of a rainbow starfish that' s found in Monterey and Carmel Bays. Based on artist' s personal underwater photography. This painting was featured on the December, 2002 cover of California Diving News. ...
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Original Oil Painting, 2001
20 x 20 inches (50.8 x 50.8 cm)
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Donna Schaffer; Masking Crab In Monterey Bay, 2001, Original Printmaking Giclee, 20 x 20 inches. Artwork description: 241 Giclee print of a palette knife and brush oil painting of a masking crab found in Monterey Bay. Based on the artist' s personal underwater. The original painting has been sold.  photography. ...
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Original Giclee, 2001
20 x 20 inches (50.8 x 50.8 cm)
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Artist Statement

Art has been a main thread throughout my life. It has woven through 23 years of advertising agency and photojournalism experience and has resulted in the development of my personal dimension of oil painting - especially in the painting of incredible undersea environments and marine life. This connecting thread of art has made me very aware of the color and light in the undersea world of scuba diving.

I've been a scuba diver since 1976; an underwater photographer since 1983; and a full-time fine arts oil painter since 1998. In addition to lots of dive adventures from Point Lobos to the Monterey Wharf, I've been all over the world to pursue scuba diving adventures - Papua New Guinea, Palau, the Great Barrier Reef, Truk Lagoon, Fiji, Cayman, Turks & Caicos, Bahamas, Roatan, Barbados, and more. At each location the underwater marine life and scenes were photgraphed and sketched.

Looking at the resulting slides with an artist's eye has always been a disappointment. Underwater flash photography can cause garish shadows in images. Natural light is too dim to show any color on the exposed film besides blue (especially in these Northern California waters). The deeper a diver goes, the more the color is lost. The reds and yellows are the first colors lost. My experience is that human eyes are much more sensitive to undersea color nuances than any film.

Early in 2001 I began the creation of a body of work on my Northern California undersea experience. I am endeavoring to recreate the images, colors, and shadows of the undersea world as I've seen it. However, these paintings are not "copies" of my undersea photographs. I use a painterly approach to make various adjustments and modifications such as the lighting angles to counteract the effect of strobe lighting, or I remove the artificial light completely and give the painting an underwater feel where shadows are barely evident and contrast is low. And while I don't paint in "realistic" style per se, the marine environments I create are based on reality, I won't create a school of "pretty fish" in a species that never schools. I won't mix marine life into a setting that wouldn't occur. For non-scuba divers in particular, many of the paintings work well as abstracts too.

The silver thread is that these paintings are meant to resonate with scuba divers and marine biologists. Fifty paintings are planned for the Northern California series, and with each dive I go on, I have more subjects I wish to paint!

Make sure you see the oil paintings I've created from my March, 2002 trip to snorkel with the humpback whales in the Silver Banks off Dominican Republic. One of them is shown in this portfolion, the rest of those painting can be seen at www.UnderwaterPaintings.com

Sonoma County Wine Country Oil Paintings

My "other" subject matter for paintings is local landscapes. I am privileged to live in the middle of the wine country - The Dry Creek Valley outside of Healdsburg in the Sonoma Wine Country. I pass five wineries and acres of vineyards to get home. My "neighborhood" landscapes have glorious seasons and personalities for me to capture on canvas. Some of my painting are accomplished on-site or "plein aire", other paintings are based on sketches and my personal photography. I range from using thick paint (impasto) on some creations to smooth, detailed observations on others. Enjoy!

There's lots of paintings in this series, see some of my other work at my Oil Paintings site www.DonnaSchaffer.com


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