A contemporary impressionist, Donna Talerico uses expressive brushstrokes and vibrant color to capture a moment in time and pull the viewer in with a rhythmic sense of movement.
A primarily self-taught artist, Talerico began a career in the fashion industry after university graduation and a degree in marketing. She held positions in department stores such as assistant buyer, fashion copywriter and display artist. Eventually she began a career as a retail fashion illustrator, a career which would span 20 years.
At some point the lure of Europe began to call- the Europe her grandmother had recounted to her as a little girl. Over the course of 15 years, she began traveling primarily to France 2-3 times a year, learning the language as a hobby, really.
Then, she says, in 1998, I had totally amazing breakthrough into painting- a fluke- serendipitous if you will. An acquaintance who knew no French called to ask if I would accompany her to the South of France for a workshop in painting. It was a spontaneous/ gut/ intuitive decision to attend although the cost of the class was completely beyond my budget. During that week in Soreze I felt a transformation. I went from an illustrator working in black and white to an artist feeling the total passion of falling in love with color. I was introduced to Impressionism art with emphasis on “the Fauves” who simply “used color for color’s sake”. It all worked its magic on me. See some of her impressionist paintings and feel free to contact her with any questions.