Artist of the Month: Donna Marie Boland

Donna Boland chose these four pieces of art to feature since there was still snow on the ground when she was writing her article, and this wintry season is what inspired these pictures. She also features pick-up trucks in a lot of her work.She likes personalizing the paintings with family names on the truck and inserting family pets into the scene.

By Donna Marie Boland

I’m Donna Marie (Maro) Boland and I love art. Beautiful art is the difference between a drab, colorless life and a life full of brilliant splashes of passion and emotions, all put on canvas. And everyone’s passion is so different. That’s what I love the most.

But first let me tell you a little about myself. My life is always full of excitement with my loving family. My handsome husband, Sean, is recently retired, so I get to spend much more special time with him.  

This also includes my beautiful daughter, Maria and her husband, Michel, who is a Sommelier at a local vineyard. Maria works as the Assistant Director of Clinical and Patient Services at the Lehigh Valley Health Network. 

And then there’s my musical son, Sean, who is a music therapist at Allied Service and several local nursing homes. Not to mention his talented band members, who practice religiously in our basement. They just cut their first single. He will soon be married to his lovely fiancée, Dominique, who is also licensed in the medical field. They all keep me hopping and I’d have it no other way.  They are all the loves of my life.

I was born and raised in Dunmore.  Most of my friends were from this borough and I’m still a Dunmorean at heart. (We are… the Bucks!)  I now am thrilled to get to know so many more interesting people at this local Dunmore Activity Hub.  

It’s been very hard this last year with Covid to keep track of the health and well-being of each of the artists/friends in this class. I do miss them all greatly, along with our lovely instructor Jill Swersie. I do try to keep in touch with a few of the close friends I’ve made, but I know how hard it is on each of them. I could only hope we’re back together soon.

Besides art, I am a member of the Dave Ragnacci School of Dance and take a regular adult jazz class once a week there. The instructor is also my best friend. So, as an extra bonus, I get to visit with him during classes. 

I do yoga with Theresa Novak most weekdays… now by Zoom, of course. Yoga and her meditation classes have held me together during this trying time. And once it gets a little warmer out, I’ll be back out on my bike. I like doing approximately 14 to 30 miles daily, depending on the day. This keeps me mentally and physically together, and I just love it.

I’ve chosen these four pieces in the photo due to the fact there’s still snow on the ground as I write this and this wintry season is what has inspired these pictures. I love being outdoors and the beauty of snow is exquisite. 

I also have adopted pick-up trucks into a lot of my work. I just enjoy painting them. They are also the ones that I replicate and sell the most of.  I like personalizing them with family names on the truck and inserting family pets into the scene. 

Watching the excited faces of the people purchasing these special portraits for their family elates me. I never get tired of seeing the excitement on the receivers faces. Especially when they see a long passed, beloved pet in the front seat of the truck, next to the steering wheel. Cardinals also tend to fly into a lot of my winter paintings. The bright, red color of the cardinal against the soft, white winter’s snow is always so powerful.

I have loved art most of my life and I’m so happy to be a member of this wonderful group. I hope to have my talented sister, Lynette, join me in a few years when she finally retires. She can put on canvas almost anything she sees, and is always very polished. Looks like I may have to step it up a bit if I’m going to keep up with her talent. Well, I do have a few years to practice before she will be able to join us, but definitely something to look forward to.

I do look forward to getting back with my art friends and suggest anyone with even a little bit of talent, to come on over to this class and join our group. I promise you, you won’t regret it!

Artist of the Month: Donna Marie Boland

artist of the month - Donna Marie BolandBy Donna Marie Boland

Hi, my name is Donna Marie Maro Boland. My husband is Sean Damien and I have two beautiful children named Maria Lynn and Sean Robert.

I reside in Clarks Green but my hometown and my heart belongs to Dunmore. This is where I grew up and had some of my most treasured family memories.
I fell in love with art in first grade, when my art teacher, Mrs Briar, decided to have one of my pieces exhibited at the Everhart Museum. I was hooked. Once I retired, I felt something was missing from my life, until I joined this art group.

I’ve had the pleasure to get to know all of these wonderful artists for about a year-and-a-half. And while painting with them, I have come to call a lot of them my dear friends.
The people in this class are not only exquisite artists, but also some of the most interesting people I’ve ever met. Between previous photographers, soldiers, political activists, and other government workers, it is very hard to concentrate on just one person’s conversation at a time, while painting. There is a wealth of knowledge among these intellectual people.
And then there is Jill Swierse, our instructor. She carefully goes around to each and every person in the class, giving artistic advice and personal knowledge of the best way to finish each of our works.
My most treasured piece of artwork is the one I call, “Love, Mom.” It’s a portrait I painted of my mom on my wedding day. She was so beautiful. I gave the portrait to my father for Father’s Day. He recently passed away, but he cherished this picture.

I hope to continue with this group for many years into the future and when my sister, Lynette, finally retires, I’d like to welcome her with open arms into this fun group.

If you like drawing or painting, this is the place to be. This Dunmore Activity Hub is a one-of-a-kind place and I’m so glad to be a part of it.