Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Fall 2018

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30 Autumn 2018 | Wake Forest 27587 Magazine "I spend a lot of time in the car," she said. •e artistic process for Slade begins with a "tight, detailed sketch." "In portraits, I tend to start with the eyes because the eyes tell the story," she said. Such is the case with her award-winning depiction of an aboriginal native she encoun- tered on a trip to visit her son, Rob, who was staying at the time in Australia. "I was in- trigued by the texture, tone, and detail in his face," she said. Her latest endeavor — •e Faces of Co- lombia — •e Invisible Communities — stems from her 2017 visit to the South American nation with Witness for Peace, a humanitarian organization she was intro- duced to by her daughter-in-law, Chelsey Dyer, an anthropology PhD candidate at Vanderbilt University. "•e subjects of my paintings have endured … forced family and community displacement, killings, recruitment of chil- dren by guerrilla groups and paramilitaries, death threats, suppression of school atten- dance by armed forces, and fear of retaliation for reporting such abuses," she said. •e collection — some 20 pieces in all — will be in a traveling exhibition taking it to galleries in such places as Winston-Salem and Charlotte. "I'd love to have it here in Wake Forest," she said of what now is a developing schedule. Is the art of realism — which reveals itself in Slade's work in everything from depictions of eyeglasses to a Hersey's Kiss to a violin — as popular as it was in the era of N.C. Wyeth. "Not really," she said. Still, her creations can be found in print, featured in such works as "Strokes of Genius" and "CP (colored pencil) Treasures." As for the patience to create her studies in contemporary realism, it comes with, as they say, the territory. "I just enjoy watching it evolve from nothing and watching it grow," she said. "I get lost in it." ARTWORK COURTESY OF DONNA S. SLADE Titled "Many Faces of Colombia," this work is part of Donna S. Slade's traveling exhibit, "The Faces of Colombia: The Invisible Communities" originating from a 2017 visit to the South American country. "This is one complete colored pencil painting," she said. "I painted a section of each person (different individual photos that I took) to make the complete piece." "Jhonny," another portrait from "The Faces of Colombia" collection. At right, Slade's concept for a Flonase advertising campaign in 2001 jumped from print to plush toys. "That paid the bills," she said, "Painting didn't." KATHRYN RENDE

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