Meet the artist behind Eden-designs
Donna Newman BA(hons)
The thing I remember most about my childhood is watching Blue Peter and spending Thursday evenings making mini masterpieces out of papier mache and toilet roll tubes! I was raised in a creative environment with my father, an engraver and silver smith, who encouraged me to draw. My love of all things creative eventually led me to Art school where I studied Fine Art, specialising in drawing and painting. I’ve always enjoyed painting on a large scale and, when my student sized budget would allow, I would paint on 6ft canvases with huge 3’’ brushes.
After leaving university I found myself working in retail fashion as a Visual Merchandising Manager (I still can’t resist pretty shoes!) which is a career I enjoyed for 8 years. My time spent painting decreased as all the other priorities in life increased…a house, a marriage and then two fantastic children. It was when my children were born that I began mural painting. First a jungle themed nursery and then a farmyard bedroom. Suddenly I realised how much I missed painting. I went on to design and paint a fairytale room for my niece and since then have been painting murals everywhere.
This is when I decided that I would try to make a living out of my craft and Eden-designs (my 3rd baby) was born. I’m based in a studio at the bottom of my garden but can be found painting my murals all across the Midlands.
I am proud to have been successfully completing mural commissions for over 15 years. Please browse some of my favourite work in the Gallery. Hopefully you will like what I have achieved so far and would consider letting me loose with a paintbrush on your wall!
"She is a very gifted artist and we have been incredibly lucky to have her make a difference to our school"
Rizvana Darr (head teacher) Adderley primary school