Donaldo Paintings
  Don Voelker, Donaldo, Painter

Costa Rica Exposiciones / Exhibitions

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Now, after 15 years learning to paint while retired to Costa Rica, I am fulfilling the life-time dream of being an artist… and even, occasionally, selling an oil painting or two. And like the French artist Paul Gauguin, I get to interpret a tropical land and culture from my lens as a painter from the northern latitudes. As a foreigner in Costa Rica, I believe that I see things that, often, the native artists tend to overlook, as these are things that are too commonplace, like the hanging flor de Itabo, a Puntarenas ferry, and the wooden worker houses of the old banana fincas.

One successful American artist who reviewed my art found, “Van Gogh meets Diego Rivera,” implying a mix of those artists’ styles. I like that evaluation and don’t deny that Vincent Van Gogh has always been my favorite painter. I have consistently strived to emulate Van Gogh, Gauguin and Paul Cezanne, the principle European post-impressionists.

My training as a historian pushes me to render my subjects as characteristic of Latin America in the place and date painted. In this regard, I hope that my paintings provide historic documentation of Latin America in the early 21st Century.

(Measurements are in inches.)