As an indigenous Chamorro Artist of Guahan, I dwell deep and beyond my innermost thoughts for my art images. I create from what is within me. My art is based on my life experiences from early childhood through my adult life, and is from pure imagination of self-expression.
I free myself completely from all worldly distractions, and allow my mind to focus on the burning passion of my love to create...what I am feeling at that moment. That is the essence of abstraction.
As an abstract artist, my color palette is vibrant, bold and intense. My favorite color is blue, then red, yellow, orange and black. Although all colors in the color spectrum appeals to me, I limit my use of colors. Depending on the situation, I ensure they work well together as a family unit and not one color overpowers the other.
My belief is less is best. I utilize the color black to tone down that intensity and vibrancy of my colors. Together they work harmoniously to become one...in Spirit with my God Divine.
As a modern contemporary artist, I am not one to render what is front of me. And, I am not influenced by my surroundings to create my art, although it sets the pace for me to be inspired.
In creating my art from within, I have to be in a zone of spiritually in connection with my God...who is my essence for art creations. He is my absolute inspiration. Without him, I cease to exist as one of his creative disciples. Being an artist is truly a blessing from Him, and for that I give Him praises and glory.
Beginning March 2021, Donna will continue the mission to preserve the Chamorro Culture through the Arts. It is her hope to offer grant-funded educational programs and events through the gallery to share a love of the arts with all, young and old, and especially the next generation. She also supports local artists and offers their artworks a home at the gallery.
Donna remembers as a child looking over her Uncle Al's art desk and being amazed at his meticulous artwork. Her brother being his Godchild, was gifted one of his artworks of which she recalled looking it over thoroughly. Her Uncle, Alejandro Lizama is first cousins to her father, Rafael Perez Blas of Sinajana, familian Alejo (son of Ecca). It is quite suiting as Alejandro has been an avid supporter of the Chamorro Artists Association and the gallery since its inception. Her mother's family is familian Andie Cruz of Dededo and Dado Babauta of Santa Rita. Donna is the eldest of nine children.
Donna's passion was always art. It was her hope to an art therapist. However, tragedy struck her family when her father passed away unexpectedly due to asbestos related cancer. She had to stop her studies and find a way to support her siblings. She was the youngest flight attendant having been hired and trained at age 19.
Having her own family she eventually was the KUAM Weather Anchor and then went on to be a RE/MAX Real Estate Agent. She is now the associate broker for RE/MAX Enterprise Realty.
She frequently travels throughout the world visiting her family from Japan to the Carolinas.