Portrait of a Young Woman

Printed on archival paper


Donna Faranda

Through the use of a computer painting program, I can render the nobility of womankind. While working, I employ elements of collage in my paintings to conjure up images created from a mixture of fantasy, mood and symbolism, blended together in a variety of ways to create my own world. I try to communicate through these images, paintings that reflect these women’s inner stories as well as their inner beauty.

Most of my artwork celebrates mythic women and the valor they have displayed when faced with adversity. They also encompass the many facets, of womanhood as my paintings personify all that makes up their challenges, their heroic experiences as well as their day to day lives. I try to render the innate nobility of these women as they grapple with their demons and face opposition, challenged by whatever obstacles life has to offer. My women are able to gather up their courage and cast aside any restraints that might bind them. They are able to see, to feel, to accept, to heal, and to be. They represent women who are in the process of expanding the possibilities of humanity, overcoming challenges, and yet, revealing the beauty in things which blossom out of self-awareness, wisdom.