The Art of Crafting & the Piper Cub
Surrounded by the tranquility of nature and inherent beauty of animals, Donna Andreychuk spent much of her childhood outdoors on a dairy farm in Kenilworth, Ontario, her birthplace. The youngest of four children, and the only girl seven years younger than her older brother, Donna shares that life often felt as though she was an only child. With many days enthusiastically spent immersed in her parents’ lives, Donna admirably describes her mother as a "creative and industrious person", exhibiting a passion for the art of crafting. "I remember filling the kitchen sink with beet juice and dying skeins of wool. Didn't every child make string art in their driveway? I helped my mother with so many creative projects. I was taught to be fearless in creativity." "I remember sitting for hours at our kitchen table drawing people and faces, houses and little animals. During my teenage years, my mother owned and operated her own wool shop called the Yarn Boutique. It was a lovely little shop filled to the ceiling with beautiful yarn from all over the world. She offered spinning classes and taught so many women how to knit and crochet. We proudly display the iconic paintings from The Group of Seven that she reworked into needlepoint." Memories of her father as a pilot also permeate her thoughts. With an airstrip on the family farm
previous spread, Nature's Wisdom, acrylic on canvas, 48" x 60" above, Harbour Road, oil on canvas, 30" x 40"