Donna Bolam

Cold wax and oil painting by Donna Bolam. Textured abstract landscape in blue, white, yellow.

Marshland Maze, 2020, cold wax oil, 6″ x 6″

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About the artist: 

Donna Bolam is an abstract and mixed media artist based in Lakefield, Ontario. Her creative challenge is to visualize the emotional and meaningful complexities of our humanity through her paintings. Bolam describes abstract painting as the intuitive process of journeying inward to explore and extrapolate the essence of what has been archived in her diary of the soul.

She draws her inspirations from, what she calls, an “other and ancient world.” She relies on her sensibilities and promptings to explore this reservoir of her life’s memories and untapped feelings as a wife and mother, an intensive and palliative care nurse, and an outdoor enthusiast. Bolam encrypts this “other and ancient world” into her paintings as wordless and textural sounding boards of mark-making, colour, and shape.

Bolam began drawing as a self-taught artist in 1981, and continued exploring representational art for thirty-five years. In 2015, she discovered abstract expressionism as a more accurate portal for unleashing a cache of emotions into her paintings and actualizing her vision. She has studied with accomplished artists Brian Smith, Brian Atyeo, Pauline Bradshaw, Janice Mason Steeves, and most recently, American Tonalist John Felsing.

Viewers have described Bolam’s paintings as exuberant and engaging, provocative storytellings of mystery and intrigue.

Exterior of Donna Bolam's studio. White house with a gravel drive way.

Donna Bolam’s Studio


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