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Donna Gibb is Australia’s “Live Artist,”
Donna is unique as she captures significant events on canvas “live,” as a lifelong memory. She engages celebrities and guests to add to her paintings, bringing joy to so many through the aesthetic and participatory expression of art. She has painted at events with many of our leading sporting stars and identities, including Qld Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, Jamie Durie, Jessica Mauboy, Andrew Denton, Dawn Fraser, Gai Waterhouse, Sophie Monk, Lisa Wilkinson and Wayne Bennett. Donna has also painted live on television with celebrity hosts on Channel Seven’s “Sunrise”, “Sportsworld”, Melbourne Cup Spring Carnival, and Channel Nine’s “Today Show” and live “QBE Riverfire” broadcast, and Sky’s World Racing Channel.

Growing up in Queensland’s tropical north, Donna found her inspiration from the sun, sand and sea. She discovered a love of painting through nature and is fascinated by the colours and shapes unveiled by the earth’s refracted sunlight. As Donna paints at so many different events, her inspiration is everywhere, and her style in diverse. "Lately I have found so much to inspire me, that the ideas keep flowing for so many different styles and motifs. I truly believe it is an artist's duty to see the beauty in the world and capture it on canvas."
Highlights of Donna's career have included having Monet's Garden in Giverny to herself to capture plein air, and some of the paintings from that recent trip are on this website. She also captured the 50th opening of Queensland's Parliament House and her artwork hangs in Parliament. She has also painted live at an event in Sydney for HRH Princess Anne who commented to Donna how much she enjoyed watching the artwork capturing the famous Gypsy Moth Sail Boat come to life on canvas. She was also chosen by Tourism Queensland to take part in their "Best Job in the World Campaign" where finalists added to her canvas before it was presented to Hamilton Island owner Bob Oatley. Donna has been commissioned by many corporations including The Australian Turf Club, Jayco, Coca Cola, Lion Nathan, Fosters Group and many more, as well as prominent sporting identities including award wining jockey Hugh Bowman. Her work has only been available directly through her up until now.

Donna wanted to give others the opportunity to share her passion for painting and has set up mini art studios at corporate events, weddings, parties, charity and other social events.
" I love painting live at events and demystifying art. It is so wonderful to share my paint brush and watch the wonder in someones face as they discover that they can actually paint. After painting at events for 16 years, many past clients engage me for further events, and still enjoy their painting on the wall which has become their most treasured memento of their special occasion."

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