Artist Sue Donaldson Cherishes Success After 365 Unveiling

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Artist Sue Donaldson Cherishes Success after 365 Unveiling

Sue Donaldson can claim success in the aftermath of her “365” art unveiling by any measure: attendance, sales and publicity.  From January 10 – 11th, massive crowds were drawn to the gallery space at Winter Street Studios from her cherished fan base, family, friends and new admirers that had read about the groundbreaking artist in the press.  From January 1, 2013 through December 31 2013, Donaldson created one original 4” x 4” painting per day.  Her monumental undertaking was met with a phenomenal reception.

While notable guests to Winter Street Studio enjoyed the mastery of Madelyn “Charlie” Edward on the piano, they also stood in awe of Donaldson’s accomplishment.  Donaldson, with the help of other artists including Kay Sarver and 2013 Escapist of the Year William H. Miller, organized the pieces by month.  Soon-to-be collectors perused the room—going “month by month” and “day by day” to see pieces honor famous Americans, honey bees, butterflies, abstract genius and peanut butter sandwiches.  An artist is flattered by press and loves compliments to their work, but the highest honor comes with the bond of a new individual acquiring their work.  In almost no time, “365” dwindled…to less than “65.”  Selling more than 300 of the pieces was mesmerizing for the artist. “I’m dumbfounded!  And, I’m honored.  I take such happiness in knowing that I’ll occupy a small part of the home or office of hundreds of Houstonians.”

Mark Lee, President of Hastik Baymont, Inc. praised the show’s authenticity, “What I didn’t count on was seeing the influence of your life in that year translating to the work.  It was a reflection of your thoughts and emotions for one year.”  What Donaldson didn’t count on was the volume with which some art enthusiasts would acquire.  One new collector bought 90 pieces and another scooped up 28.  But, as with any wise artist, Donaldson has great plans for her new income. “I’m buying more paint and canvas!  With the 365 presentation  have received a lot of commissions—so I’m not slowing down any time soon.”

In the wake of Donaldson’s “365” success, she received the great news of acceptance into John Ross Palmer’s prestigious Escapist Mentorship Program (  As an Escapist, she’ll face new challenges to learn about salesmanship, self-promotion, art mechanics and philanthropy through art.

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