Donna Broder's monotype prints beautifully combine representational and non-representational elements. Her compositions are uncluttered, built only out of a few thoughtful shapes. In each piece, somewhere in the pattern of shadows and light, Broder allows the eye to grab hold of something that resembles a body, a face, a window - something recognizable while still covered in wild colors and textures.
From oil paints to monotype printing, Broder is open to several different techniques of painting and printmaking. This freedom and willingness to experiment is reflected in her hand, which is loose on the page and with the palette. She creates shapes from exuberant, broad strokes and vibrant color choices that coalesce to suggest depth. Broder is an expert at exploring subtleties of tone to conjure a scene that is both abstract and grounded.
Broder was born in Colorado and today lives in northern California, where she maintains a home studio for both painting and ceramics. She has studied these disciplines, along with printmaking, all over the United States as well as in Italy and France.