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Donna Jo Massie

watercolour, board
32 x 21 in.  
$ 3180 CDN

Donna Jo Massie


Donna Jo Massie lives and works in the heart of the Rocky Mountains in Alberta, Canada. Her art is inspired by her location in the Canadian Rockies. Backcountry huts and lodges in the mountains are the setting for some painting excursions. In 1986, she began to paint in watercolours, making it a full-time profession in 1988.

Donna Jo Massie’s basic philosophy as an educator and artist is that "art is teachable and learnable" and should be "fun". She teaches weekly adult watercolour classes, corporate and summer backcountry workshops, and Artist-in-Residence courses for the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Her popular workshops have been presented by the Calgary Zoo, the Alpine Club of Canada and were the subject of an interview on CBC Radio.

Donna Jo Massie spends summers hiking in the mountains where she paints, photographs and sketches on location. This intimate knowledge and relationship with the land has led one Vancouver art critic to write about her art, ".... clear and crisp like her beloved mountains, she has a steady hand in a good eye for colour." Her flower paintings have also become known for their rich colour and bold composition.

Donna Jo Massie's work has been exhibited in galleries in Vancouver, Toronto, Banff, Jasper and New Mexico and can be found in numerous private and corporate collections.

Donna Jo Massie

1997-14   Honorary Life Member, Canmore Artist and Artisans Guild
1994-14   Society of Canadian Artists
1988-14   Alberta Society of Artists
1980-14   Canmore Artists & Artisans Guild
2012-13   Provincial Treasurer, Alberta Society of Artists
2004-06   Western Representative, Society of Canadian Artists

2012   First Place, Watercolours, ECAG Show, Montgomery, AL
2005   Town of Canmore Artistic Achievement Award, Canmore, AB
2001   Artist in Residence, Leighton Colony, The Banff Centre, Banff, AB
1999   International Peace Park Artist in Residence, Glacier National Park, MT
1995   Finalist, Landscape Competition, Artists Magazine

Alberta Energy and Utilities
United States Government
Alberta Foundation of the Arts
Cross Cancer Institute
Sunshine Village

2004 Alberta Energy and Utilities Board, Calgary, AB

2010 Rocky Mountain Outlook
2008 YouTube video

M.Sc. History, Samford University, Birmingham, AL
Post Graduate Studies, Samford University, Birmingham, AL
B.Sc. Education, Auburn University, Auburn, AL

2012   Wonders of Alabama Show, Energen Corporation, Birmingham, AL
2011   Wheeler House Show, The Edge Gallery, Canmore, AB
2011   “My Favorite Place” (Three Person Show), Stephen Lowe Art Gallery, Calgary, AB
2010   Wheeler House Tribute Show, Banff Park Museum, Banff, AB
2009   “Open Water”, Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolor, Leighton Centre, Millarville, AB
2009   Western Art Auction, Calgary Stampede, Calgary, AB
2008   “Sunshine 80” (Group Show), Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2007   Featured Artist, Stephen Lowe Art Gallery, Calgary, AB
2006   “The Mountaineer & The Artist”, Whyte Museum, Banff, AB
2004   Three Person Show, Stephen Lowe Art Gallery, Calgary, AB
2003   “Inspired by the Landscape”, ASA, Leighton Centre, Millarville, AB
2003   “Wonder of Water Group Show”, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2002   “Lake O’Hara Magic”, Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2000   Red Deer Museum, ASA, 70th Anniversary Show, Red Deer, AB
1992-00   Calgary Stampede, Art Auction, Calgary, AB
1999   Museum of the Cherokee Indian, North Carolina
1998-99   Solo Show, Stephen Lowe Art Gallery, Calgary, AB
1997 Solo Show, Mountain Avens Gallery, Canmore, AB
1997   Women Artist of the West, Membership Show, Taos, NM
1996   ASA Show, Leighton Centre, Millarville, AB
1996   Two Person Show, Stephen Lowe Art Gallery, Calgary, AB
1995   ASA Show, Museum of the Regiments, Calgary, AB
1995   Four Person Show, Maple Ridge Art Gallery, Haney, BC
1995   “Trees and Flowers”, Bowman Arts Centre, Lethbridge, AB
1995   “An Artist’s Path” (Solo show), Avens Gallery, Canmore, AB
1994-95   “Quick Draw Artist”, Calgary Stampede, Calgary, AB
1994   The Works, Edmonton, AB
1994   Alberta Society of Artists, Triangle Gallery, Edmonton, AB
1994   Miniature Show, Del Bello Gallery, Calgary, AB
1990   CAAG 10th Anniversary Show, Whyte Museum, Banff, AB
1988   Olympic Arts Festival Show, CAAG Gallery, Canmore, AB
1988   Alberta Wilderness Art Festival, Calgary, AB
1988   Sunshine Art Exhibition, Whyte Museum, Banff, AB
1987   Sunshine Art Exhibition, The Banff Centre, Banff, AB

2006   Legacy Magazine, “The Mountaineer and the Artist”
2003   Alpine Club of Canada Gazette, Art and “A Passion for the Mountains”, Summer Cover
2002   Calgary Gallery Guide, “The Art of Donna Jo Massie”, Fall
2002   International Artist Magazine, October/November Master
Canadian Rockies Explorer, Graeme Pole, Feature Artist, Yoho National Park
Painters of the World, Canada Showcase

2005   “Watercolor for Beginners” DVD Instructional video
1999   “A Rocky Mountain Sketchbook”, Canadian Best Seller (second printing 2001, third printing 2005)

1976 Environmental Education, Kananaskis Country, AB
Watercolour Workshops presented by The Calgary Zoo, The Alpine Club of Canada
Artist-In-Residence Courses for The Alberta Foundation For The Arts
Weekly Adult Watercolour Classes
High School History Teacher, Alabama & Florida
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