Cattlemens Western Art Show and Sale
Donna Heer

Donna HeerDonna L. Heer was born and raised on a ranch in Northern San Luis Obispo County, California. Her grandparents came to the central coast area in the late 1800s and dry farmed there. She currently has a cattle operation, raises gourds to paint and sell, and rides horses – packing into the coastal range when possible.

Horses and art have always been her passions. "Don't know whether that's a blessing or a curse," she says. She can't remember when she first started drawing horse and animal pictures, but her mom saved most of her drawings. She was always the "artist" of her school class. Her family always encouraged her art and she grew up with a fascination of the cowboys and Indians and always loved the ranch life.Donna Heer art

Donna is mainly a self-taught artist; always striving to portray the special beauty she may see, whether it's in a horse, a person's look, or a landscape. Donna works in pastels, oils and acrylics. She has sold many gourd art pieces throughout the United States and abroad. Her work has been featured in galleries on the West Coast, and she has received numerous awards at shows and fairs.

Donna gives art classes from time to time and has taught after school art programs, California Youth Authority art s program, and Cuesta College evening classes. She also has a mural at the Pioneer Museum in Paso Robles done for the SLO County Cattle Women's Association. She has belonged to Cattle Women for many years, being a director on the board for over 15 years and active in their trail ride group and other CWA activities.

Living the ranch life continually inspires Donna with the beauty and history found here.

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