The Healing Power of Art

In the presence of art, we may experience inspiration, wonder, and even hope; it can spark our imagination, creativity, and thinking. Our internal awareness and capacity for transformation can expand through experiences with art.

There are scientific studies that demonstrate how people benefit from exposure to art, as well as social prescription programs where health professionals prescribe museum visits, art classes, and other creative endeavors. Art can harness the healing power within each of us and help bring us into community with one another.

When in front of an artwork, we are connected to the artist and to others who have experienced it. And connection, to ourselves and others, is at the core of art and healing. Healing isn’t a destination with a fixed timeline or endpoint but rather a path, or many paths.

Just like each visit with a favorite work of art is a new experience with new insights, healing is a journey with possibilities stretching out in all directions.

- edited from an online MoMa article by Jackie Armstrong; Associate Educator, Visitor Research and Experience 

The Land is in Us. We are in the Land.
Ann B. Donald, Artist

March - June 2022

We are all connected to the land. We are created by the same great Creator.

The land, air, water and sun, all tie us together and connect us as livings forces. The beauty of the land, water, sun and sky are celebrated in these works.

These paintings are meditations and reflections that are inspired by walking, biking, hiking, skiing, researching, photographing and experiencing the environment around me. These moments of being connected with the land are captured in these paintings. Before these paintings were created, hours were spent appreciating, thinking, travelling, sketching, photographing, writing and reflecting in these locations.

Nature is a healing force. A gift from the Creator.

Ann B. Donald

Golden Prairies
Acrylic on Wood Panel 24 x 24 $400.00
Quiet Contemplation
Acrylic on Wood Panel 18 x 24 $300.00
Contemplation
Acrylic on Wood Panel 24 x 24 $400.00
On That Magical Day
Acrylic on Canvas 36 x 40 $700.00
Outside of Prince Albert
Acrylic on Birch Panel 18 x 24 $400.00
On that Calm Day
Acrylic on Wood Panel 24 x 24 $400.00
The Sun, the Water, and the Land
Acrylic on Wood Panel 24 x 24 $400.00
On the River's Edge
Acrylic on Wood Panel 24 x 24 $400.00
The Delight of our Skies
Acrylic on Wood Panel 24 x 24 $400.00
The Joy of the Land
Acrylic on Birch Panel 24 x 24 $400.00
The Sun in Shining Through
Acrylic on Canvas 30 x 24 $350.00
On that Calm Day
Acrylic on Wood Panel 12 x 12 $125.00
Meditation
Acrylic on Wood Panel 12 x 12 $125.00
A Song of Joy
Acrylic on Canvas 24 x 30 $500.00
On That Peaceful Day
Acrylic, Graphite and Oil Pastel 24 x 24 $400.00
On That Glorious Day
Acrylic on Canvas 24 x 24 SOLD
On the Marshes #2
Acrylic on Birch Panel 24 x 30 SOLD
On the Riverbank in Saskatoon
Acrylic on Wood Panel 24 x 30 SOLD
On the River's Edge
Acrylic on Canvas 24 x 30 SOLD
Prairies in the Fall
Acrylic on Wood Panel 24 x 24 SOLD
On the Sea
Acrylic on Wood Panel 12 x12 SOLD
On the Marshes
Acrylic on Wood Panel 12 x12 SOLD
ARTIST BIO AND CONTACT INFORMATION
ANN B. DONALD • THE LAND IS IN US. WE ARE IN THE LAND.

 

Ann Brooymans Donald has lived and taught in Toronto and Saskatoon for over 30 years. She enjoys captivating images in her environment.

Her connections with nature began with her childhood years exploring nature while growing up on a farm. Her connections with nature are the inspiration for her drawing and use of the elements and principles of design. Her work celebrates the prairies.

Ann has been in numerous exhibitions throughout Canada and Holland. She has been teaching art in galleries, museums, high schools, elementary schools and universities. Ann holds degrees related to creating and teaching art from Mount Alison University, York University, and an Art Academy in Enschede, Holland.

She can be reached at 306.281.4477 or anndonaldart@gmail.com. 

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