Donna grew up on a farm 2 miles south of Livermore, Iowa. In 1974 she and her husband moved to Concord, CA, so Fred could take a job as an engineer with Bechtel. It was not until 2002 when digital photography came along, Donna got her first digital camera, a Canon Elph, and began printing. She was especially happy with a picture she took and printed of her cat, Minnie. Since then there have been numerous cameras finally getting to a Canon D50 and 5D Mark II. Donna has taken courses from the Los Ossos Photographic Light School, the Santa Fe Workshop and done photographic workshops and gone on a Kenya Safari with wildlife and nature photographers, John and Barbara Gerlach.
In the spring of 2012 Donna joined the Clayton Creek Side Artists’ Guild and won an award in their spring competition for a wildlife photo. She has exhibited pictures in the Alameda fair and the St. Matthews Lutheran Church show. In their last show a church member bought one of her wildlife pictures. She got a picture in the Contra Costa Times Garden as Art Section.
Donna thinks this is an exciting time to be a photographer because of modern technology and realizes whatever someone knows, along with their artistic abilities, can be used taking pictures.