artist and exotic dancer, Donna Nadeau, grew up in Kennebunkport, a picturesque
little village on the southern coast of Maine. The area has been a haven
for artists for over 100 years and even as a young girl, Nadeau was drawn
to the work of the painters and sculptors who visited her home town. At
18 she began to model for artists and art associations that flourished
in southern Maine the summer months. Attracted by the art she saw, she
began exchanging modeling time for art lessons with Dewitt Hardy, one of
the foremost watercolorists in the Northeast.
By the age of 22 she was the mother of
her son, Keeya, and in need of a steady income. Her physical beauty and
her joie de vivre led her to exotic dancing, a career she has successfully
pursued for nearly 20 years in strip clubs from California to Florida.
she paints the life as she has experienced it. Her work is honest and appreciative;
her viewpoint is that of the performer herself, intimate and finely detailed.
Nadeau's handling of the demanding medium of watercolor is also unique.
Her images are alive with the tightly controlled balance of light and shadow.
She is an uncompromising draftsman, capturing action and poses with sensitivity
and finesse. Donna draws the viewer into her world with a skill and authenticity
that is rare in any work of art, and even more so when the subject is the
age-old profession of which she is a long time member
divides her time between Maine and Florida, exhibiting extensively in both
states. Her work may be seen at Waters and Colors on Lincoln Road in South
Beach, Miami, on Mallory Square in Key West and at Forty-five Degrees in
Kennebunkport. Her work is rapidly acquired by enthusiastic collectors;
where ever it is sold. Her house portrait site is at: http://www.commissionedart.com/
Original watercolors and hand-signed numbered
limited edition (of 295 per painting) giclee prints on fine handmade paper
can also be purchased on this website. She accepts commissions for intimate
portraits of lovers, companions and partners as well.