About Donna Polos
Donna is a retired Burnaby Teacher (B.Ed. 1972 UBC-math major), a self- taught artist and active member of the FCA. She has worked with textiles since the age of 8, when her mother taught her how to sew. She has worked with various textile mediums and she has quilted for over 44 years. Donna has exhibited her work in over 20 solo exhibitions in the Lower Mainland of B.C. (since 1997). She has been in accepted in many juried group shows in P.E.I., Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Washington State, and Hawaii. As a Burnaby Teacher, she taught art to many students. She also worked as a visiting artist and many Artists in Residence.The objective was to create multi medium painted legacy quilts. She also taught workshops to teachers at the B.C. Art Teachers Conference in 1996 and 2005. In the past, she has given lectures and workshops to various quilt groups. Some of her work has been set dressing in the movie industry.
In 1991, I had a near death experience. When I recovered, I decided I wanted to study art. So, I enrolled in drawing and 4 years of watercolour painting lessons. As watercolour painting is one of the most challenging mediums to work, I started to experiment with watercolour painting on fabric (a medium I was more familiar with). As my watercolour on fabric grew, so did my painting on paper. In 2000, I started to experiment with watercolour on canvas. Today I work in all three mediums. Often I paint the same image in each medium. All of my fabric work is hand embroidered and hand quilted. My needle becomes my pencil to create line and texture.