Welcome to French Pearl Studio
My name is Donna Yates and I am so glad you stopped to visit my Studio today. As you view the artwork found here, I hope you will find encouragement and inspiration to live a life filled with beauty and faith. I believe that God has gifted each person with unique talents and abilities. ( Yes, Dear Reader, that includes you! ) Some may find pleasure in writing, some may find pleasure in sports or dance, and yet others may find fulfillment in cooking or computer technology. Most of my life, I have enjoyed three areas more than any others: music, dance and visual arts. In my childhood, I focused most of my energy on music and dance while drawing and painting took a distant third place in my affections. However, in high school, I found my interests changing. For the next few years, visual arts became my passion.
The subjects that inspired me most were found in the beauty of God’s creation. I especially enjoyed painting animals and landscapes. In addition, I found great delight in trying all different mediums from charcoal and pen and ink to oil paints and watercolors! Yet, as it often happens in youth, circumstances and criticism discouraged me from pursuing art as a career. So instead, I followed a different path for many years. Then, not long ago, the door re-opened for me to pick-up my brush and fall in love again with art and painting.
The paintings you will see on this site are my latest works. As you will notice, I mostly enjoy painting with acrylics, but I also like the creamy feel and vibrant colors of oil pastels. So, now that you know a brief history of my journey, I would be happy to have you browse through the paintings in the French Pearl Gallery. If you have questions about any painting, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (803) 693-5940. I would love to hear from you!