Donna Goold’s paintings are really about colour; even the most subtle shade is treasured and captured. Goold has chosen to concentrate her work on the coast as this is where the most intense colours are found – when the light from the sky bounces off the sea. The deeper she looks into the sea the more colours she can interpret. Goold represents these colours by using different ...materials to symbolize them. She begins by using vibrant inks to stain boards and achieve a base to work on. Building up layer upon layer of intense colour and then repeatedly sanding the area away again until only a trace remains. She will then move into paint, again she sands away the imperfections to expose hidden depth. Finally she will use oils that can be moved around on the surface by hand and scraped with sharp tools so that previous layers can once again be revealed.
Goold works on a small scale in order to force the viewer to focus on the painting as closely as she has focussed on the subject. The final impact of the image is even more powerful as less is more and small is beautiful.
Some of her work involving oil painting on aluminium sheets, Donna uses very fine brush work, allowing the aluminium to shine through, looking like very fine wood grain.
In 2009, Donna set up a Contemporary Art Gallery in Dorset to bring art to a audience who wouldn't have access to it due to the rural location. She was awarded a grant by Dorset Leader in 2016 to open an Arts Academy, teaching various arts activities.