Moira Donohoe

Lives and works in the Sierra Nevada foothills

“I want to locate my life in this vast and sometimes terrifying planet. I want to mark a place to a degree that I am able, that’s marked me for a very long time. And I want to understand why I am here, in this particular place, in this particular time.”

Moira Donohoe grew up in Yosemite Valley, and draws much of the inspiration for her work from the difference facets of the area, of which she has intimate knowledge. In her work, she reflects on the timescales and geological processes, such as the movement of ice, water, and plate tectonics, that have shaped the landscape. On view here are works in pastel, oil paint, and watercolor. They include striking vistas of the landscape, often painted at dusk or dawn, and imbued with magical qualities of light and atmosphere, rendered in luminous colors.

Donohoe says about her newest works (two of which are featured here): "Ravens at Dewey Point Yosemite and Cathedral Range from the Trail are efforts to describe the connection that place has to spirit…There are many aspects of Yosemite that can be borrowed to describe expressions of spirit.” Donohoe sees “storms, mountains, ravens, seasons, people, flora and fauna” as expressing essential elements of the powerful spirit of place in Yosemite Valley.

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Moira Donohoe was born and raised in Yosemite Valley. She holds a BFA in Fine Art Printmaking from Northern Arizona University (1979) and a M.A. in Painting from CSU - Fresno (1992). An educator, she has been awarded numerous teaching grants through the California Arts Council Artists in the Schools program, and as a result has taught art at the college, elementary, high school and pre-school levels. She has shown her paintings widely in the Central Valley and Sierra Nevada Mountain communities.

This exhibition is presented by the Fresno Yosemite International Airport Arts & Culture program, which aims to welcome travelers to the Central Valley and showcase original works by artists who call this vibrant and diverse region home.