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Artist Statement

I play the mad scientist with art. A surrealist at heart, I juxtapose forms based on nature—known and unknown, microscopic and macroscopic. My artwork is an orchestration of chaos: colors, shapes, plants, landscapes, animals, figures, collected and layered into a two dimensional spirit. Like a spirit, each piece has a sense of self. Whether a stately portrait, a dreamlike landscape or a study of flora, the images are infused with a vital force that challenges the veil of reality. These illustrations become, for me, a way to celebrate the mysterious and fantastic elements of our planet, asking the viewer to look again at their surroundings and contemplate the way things could be if there were no limits on our natural world.


“A Spoken Flower”
Colored pencil and white titanium paint on antique poetry book page 33.
16” h x 12” w

“The Life of a Mad Scientist” -Doctor Helen Brooke Tassig
Oil paint on Masonite board pieces
20″ h x 16” w

“Punica of Oost-Europa”
Colored pencil and white titanium paint on antique atlas page.
17” h x 14” w

“Tulipa Gesneriana”
Colored pencil and white titanium paint on antique paper.
16″ h x 13″w



1983 BA Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY


Donna Abbate is a native of NY and graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn with a degree in Fine Arts. Since that time, she has been a multimedia artist working in various cities including Boston, MA; Santa Fe, NM; Los Angeles and Cambria, CA. In 2011, she received the Bonese Collins Turner Donor Award at the Brand 40 Works on Paper: Entrances & Exits exhibition at the Brand Library and Art Center in Glendale, CA. She was the Editor’s Choice award winner of the 2nd Annual Cover Art Contest for Artist Portfolio Magazine. Abbate also received an Award of Distinction for the combined Roswell Fine Arts League and New Mexico Miniature Arts Society 28th Annual International Juried Art Show and Competition.