Donna's Fine Designs

Smyrna, GA

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

Whatever part of the lesson whether painting, drawings, or whatever media. I make sure it's exciting by having the student involved. I love to take students outside & have them pick a subject. I ask them to pick up a journal for drawing or painting and just like writing, journal in that paint or pencil daily, add words describing what you feel. Clients will learn from experience than a book.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

What don't I love about my speciality! I've been an artist most of my life. My parents knew I had that talent deep inside but it was my choice what I wanted to do later in life. I chose art because you are looking at a blank canvas or paper and whatever way it looks now, after you pick your colors on your palette, it will never look like that again. A form begins, you see nothing but paint, then with each color and paint brush, details emerge. Bit by bit you're creating something no one else does. Your painting is your thumbprint. Many can recreate it but they'll never have what you painted, a part of you that will exist forever.
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Location

Smyrna, GA 30080

Background check

Complete

Years in business

3

Times hired on Thumbtack

4

Reviews

2 Reviews
  • Kelly W. Mar 3, 2017
    Painting Lessons
    Verified Review
    Very knowledgeable art teacher!
    Donna is an excellent teacher. She met me at the store and helped me with what I needed to buy to start painting. Then we went for the first lesson. She did a great job explaining the mixing of the paints and how to apply on the canvas. Her instruction was very helpful as well.
  • Sefina H. Oct 26, 2015
    Painting Lessons
    Verified Review
    Donna was absolutely perfect! We were under a tight schedule and she made it work! She is very talented and quite patient! She really is an amazing teacher and does a great job getting you to understand how to do something.

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Yes and No. I'm very fair and I don't charge too much for the client because I love teaching. I have to make a profit, but I like to speak to the client before I price. Whether they've had a lot of experience or none at all goes towards pricing too. Standard Pricing is based on the side of a quilt or a canvas to be painted. If it's very large then I will charge by the job, if it's for learning then the hour, unless client wants more than 1 hour a week.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Giving them a blank pad. Putting a simple vase with flowers & fruit. Ask them to draw it. I'm not looking for perfection, just needing to see what you can do. Then we go over what our schedule will be like, and final projects, middle & end.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
BFA: School of Visual Arts/ Illustration & Fine Art AA: Berkeley College/ Interior Design Certified in Home Staging from Haverhill School
How did you get started doing this type of work?
When I was in 8th grade there was a competition for the theme: "Describe in a painting how drugs can destroy you" that was 1973. So I painted a hallway going into infinity saying, "Drugs are like a long hallway going nowhere" I studied in HS then went to "School of Visual Arts" on E. 23rd St in NYC. I majored in illustration & fine art. I also did a lot ofpainting before 8th grade but that was $50 I won for a great cause!
What types of customers have you worked with?
Every age group! Literally kindergarten to seniors. Art is for the young & young at heart. You can smile because you're never too old to start or too young to believe there's another world than a video game!! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to tell you about myself and I can't wait to meet you! God Bless you in all new endeavors!
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
The painting I did in England was special for 2 reasons. Not because it was beautiful or done in my Moms home town, but in 2006 my family had no money for Christmas. A wonderful stranger gave us $500 to spend on the fa mily and when my kids were younger. I had nothing to give her except God was telling me to part with my favorite painting, the lighthouse. I didn't blink or say, "I can't!" Yet I was supposed to obey and that I did. She was so happy and delighted because to her it was priceless! I felt so happy I gave away my most favorite painting too! Overall it took 36 hours in oil, which does take time to dry too. It was meant for her...
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Don't hire anyone because they're cheap. It could mean they're only charging for that to get clients. If you don't charge for what you believe in, then you don't believe in your work. Always, always look in their portfolio, like I showed you. My lessons are guaranteed, if you don't like my way of teaching, feel free to find someone else. Also don't let distance stop you, or if they only have 1 review. I had a hit & run accident after my last one & haven't been able to teach for a couple of years. Use your instincts. Don't hire anyone if they sound like a textbook, anyone can memorize. Let me show you how I teach, not what I say!
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Does it speak to you? Do you feel it has potential? Do you like it, if not why not...learn from professionals not just as critiques, but statements you can learn from.