VAM 37 | Artist Profile: Donna Saull

Donna Saull, Jive, 2014, Acrylic on canvas, 30” x 36”. Image courtesy of the artist.

Visual Arts Mississauga 37th Annual Juried Show of Fine Arts, at the Art Gallery of Mississauga from January 15 – February 14, received 232 entries from across Ontario. Jurors selected 41 artists to be in the show.Until the end of the exhibition, the AGM blog will feature VAM 37 artists. Learn about the thinking behind the works in the exhibit, and see the works in person at the AGM! Vote for the VAM 37 People’s Choice Winner at our facebook page! To purchase works, contact the AGM. In this post, the AGM blog features Donna Saull.

Tell us about your work in VAM37. How did you come to the idea to construct this work? What was the thought process behind it and what were your strategies in expressing this idea visually? In the piece that I submitted to VAM37, I wanted to express the joy we feel from movement, from flexibility and from music. I experimented with different tools to achieve the effect of fluid motion, and then added a dash of sparkle to finish it off.

Based on your experience in the 905, what has been the importance of a public art gallery and juried art shows? Public galleries are essential in exhibiting the art of up and coming artists as well as showcasing the art of our experienced local artists.  Juried art shows validate an artist’s self-worth.

Who’s your favorite artist (ideally within the 905)? How do you feel this artist has inspired your work?  Lila Lewis Irving, a well-known and respected Mississauga artist is my favourite artist.  She had inspired me to be free and intuitive, keeping in mind all of the ‘rules’ that influence good art.