looking for the ArtistLeonor NIELSEN-BRITO
with tears rolling down my cheeks i remembered her in the Sunrise mall in Sacto,Ca, as I purchased a print of an Indian with a feather in his hair etched so beautifully. She must have give it to me , but I somehow recall her passing and was so sad, and still after so many years still am. We were sisters in the past., I know today. Naybe her son recalls this paonting?(43/500). Hanta Yo...
She was a great woman part 2Jesse Graham
I also wanted to comment that Frank was as nice a man as they come and a very accomplished artist him self. For those who don't know he made every one of her frames from her work and they all were very detailed and beautiful.
She was a great womanJesse Graham
My mother and grandmother met Donna at the Midstate fair in Paso Robles, CA in around 1990. Both of them were both blown away with her work and my grandmother purchased quite a few of her pieces over the years. I was only 7 at the time but I had started to get into painting myself and with in the next couple of years I was winning all kinds of art competitions. While I was visiting my grandmother around the age of 10 she took me to Donna's gallery in Morro Bay and I met both Donna and Frank. She spent hours talking to me and invites us to her house. When we ended up going to her house she pulled out some stuff and we drew together. I remember being amazed that this very accomplished artist would take her time to work with me. Again we talked for hours and end up staying in touch. She actually became good friends with my grandmother and used to go spend weekends at her ranch in Paso Robles. My grandmother has well over a million dollars worth of jewelry and to her the Donna paints are her most prized material possessions. I just wanted to share this story because it shows how great of a woman she was, she was some much more then just an amazing artist.
Donna J. Jacobson Charcoal on WoodRamona Lopez
I loved reading all the beautiful stories shared here. I was recently given in trade two of her Charcoal on wood framed paintings. One is titled on a plaque "Home Fires" dated 1990. The other is not titled on front but has a personal message written to the mother of the lady who gave them to me. It is signed on back and front 1990 also titled on back "Native Grandmother" below her signature. How can I find out their value. Unfortunately I have no interest in Native American Art (although it is beautiful) I am interested in Asian tea sets. Any help would be appreciated! Thank you.
Donna J Jacobson artNeil J. Thormodsgaard
My father purchased several original pieces in the early 80,s in boulder city nevada. He even had a private showing at his house. He has a piece called freespirit with the poem.It has the same eyes that follow you. All of the frames were made by Frank. If anyone Knows anything about these please let us know. My father is getting older and now lives in North Dakota. He loves those pictures and asked me to do some research for him. He will be sad to hear they both passed. He also has a buffalo and a jesus portrait. WhenI was15boght them.I remember Donna taking pictures of them in our house. Maybe her kids know some history. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you Neil thormodsgaard 702 575 2456
Donna J JacobsonMarlene Peck
my daughter has two pictures by Donna, one is "Gift of Love" and the other is "Far Mountains" c/86 can anyone tell me anything about them, Haven't found anything
Donna, my sister, I never met. Lloyd Lofton,our dadDJ Lofton
I just stumbled over this. I knew my dad had Choctaw Indian but had never seen or read the post where Donna wrote about her life and the story our dad shared with her.
I would love to meet her children.
I met Tommy, Donna's brother at the hospital when my dad was close to death. He said I reminded him of Donna. Strange feeling in many ways.
"Small Steps of Tradition"Wilma Friel Hedberg
I met Donna & Frank at an art fair outside of Las Vegas in 1984. I kept going back to their tent. I was so drawn to her work. She had an old prospecter and his mule that was outstanding. Two wild stallions on their hind legs, etc. She was painting a picture of a male and female American Indian with a small boy in between. My friend and I made suggestions for a title. She had actually taken a picture of a small boy doing an Indian dance at a reservation she had visited. I paid her for the picture, and went back to Bangor, Me. trusting her to finish it and ship it to me which she did. Her busband made the frame and they crated it and sent it to me. At that time she had many wonderful charcoal on wood art pieces. We stayed in touch for some time and I did try to locate her about 10yrs ago but to no avail. I was so sad to read that they both have passed away.
Does anyone have any idean what the charcoal on wood pictures would be worth today. Not that I want to sell it but just curious.
Donna and FrankKeig Cunningham
What a great place to remember Donna and Frank.
Have to say I met them back in 85 at the Strawberry Festival in Ventura. Over the years my wife and I became friends with them. I took on a client up in Atascadero for the soul reason to stop by every 6 weeks and purchase a print from Donna and the hardest part was picking out one of Franks custom frames. We did this for years and were always welcome into their home and studio when we came through town. We were honored by Donna one day when we were asked to look at the original of just the beginnings of a horse and she said “she was going to feel her way as to male or female in this piece”. As we watched, it became what is now called “Two Against the Wind”.
It still saddens my heart today to think I had talked to Donna and Frank about surprising my wife on her birthday to drive up to their house and pick up “Two Against the Wind” as a special gift, and Frank was going to make a custom frame. As circumstances had it, I had to cancel the surprise for that day and would have to postpone it for a week or two, and when talking to Donna that day there was no way to tell she was as sick as she was. We found out a couple of weeks later when in town as to what had happen.
Donna had set our “Two Against the Wind” aside for us with Franks custom frame with a wooden horse shoe and feathers hanging from it. (I am a farrier). This is our favorite print of the more than 20 prints of Donna’s that we have.
It was an honor and a pleasure to know the two of them as we did, and there is a special place in our hearts. Keig and Rhonda Cunningham
Im sooo sorry, I didnt know she passed away. I will treasure her print I have, its truly remarkable...the eyes of the wolf are SO Alive.... and I agree...there should be a much nicer web site for her, with all her prints posted. too sad.
I met Donna back in the early 90's in Tempe Arizona at the Tempe Arts Festival. When I began to walk past her, I was instantly captivated by her work, which stopped me in my tracks. I had the privilege of watching her start from scratch from a raw piece of wood. I went up and introduced myself and she began to explain to me that she was not into Native American Art but that something inside her inspired to start sketching the Native American pictures. She said as she looked at the raw piece of wood and would feel the energy to follow the swirls in the wood. Hence her beautiful, breath taking pictures.
She also explained that when she did some research on her roots, she found out that she was part Native American.
I knew that someday, I was going to be able to save enough money to buy one. I joined her newsletter and stayed in touch but then suddenly the letters stopped coming. I thought that maybe she was on the road or was busy with her work and perhaps that might have been why the newsletters stopped.
About 3 years later, I finally had enough money to buy one but when I called her husband, Frank, he gave me the sad news that she had passed about 3 months earlier. I still went to Grovers Beach, Calif., where he welcomed me into their home, took me to the basement and I was able to purchase some beautiful pictures. I have no desire to sell and I will treasure these always.
About 6 months after that visit, I found out that Frank also passed away. I was blessed to be in her home and meet her ever so kind husband.
I am so thankful that there is somewhere that I could share my thoughts because her paintings have always had an impact on me.
I first met Donna in Lompoc Ca. at the annual Flower Festival. I quickly fell in love with Donna's unique style and talant I so enjoyed watching her create from her heart a new treasure that would find a new home and be treasured forever. I have enjoyed the company of Donna and Frank at their home on several occasions. I have some orignal poems and art that I envoy every day.
Lisa Fiske (10/25/2010)
To the family of Donna. I have a portrait of my great grandmother that Donna did for me, we never gave my portrait a name and it was never printed. I was thinking that maybe I would name her.
Donna Jean....my sister....DJ Williams
Donna explained in her Bio, she didn't meet her dad until later in life. I am her half sister, Dorothy Jean (Lloyd Lofton, our dad loved the name Jean).
I am also in contact with another sister, Flecia Jean. I only met her brother Tommy when my dad was in the hospital. I have a brother, Lloyd who she mentioned too. I wish I would have known her, Tommy said I was a lot like Donna when I met him. Anyone knowing anything about their life please contact me.
I have 2 pamphlets with titles, images and more ready to fax or email.DeeDee Phillips
From what I've read on this discussion board, I think that I have information that would be very helpful and informative for many of you. I can fax or email it to anyone who is interested, free of charge. It is 6 pages long. Just click on my name above and let me know.
Looking for a horse picture..olivia
I fell in love with Donna Jacobson pictures in 97..but she has one that I seen once and cannot locate it.. It has 3-4 horses running towards you.. I dont know the name hope someone can help.
Donna's Spirit lives on!Debbie H.
I just want to say that my family found out about Ms. Jacobsons painting from a fellow Native. We believe we aquired just about every painting she did. Is there a list of all her work? My sister also found a book of poems she wrote. (she promised to will it to me lol) As far as value, we feel they are priceless.These are now our family heirlooms. She captured the spirit of life in her paintings and her poems. We can always find inspiration in her work. Mr. Reed, you truly were privilaged to have a mother so talented and spirited. The world lost a true treasure with her passing. Know that she was mourned by others. I can no longer thank her, so I will you. Thank you for sharing your wonderful gift!
would like to know titlesDon House
In 1983 I went to Donna,s house in Grover Beach ( I lived in SLO)and purchased 3 of her paintings (one for me, one for my brother and one for my best friend)for Christmas gifts. The largest is of two faces of an indian woman one old and one young the next is of an indian maiden standin on what looks like a with her hair blowing in the wind and the next is of a face of a grizzly bear. The frames were made by her husband Frank and he was quite proud of them and we talked for a while in the garage. These like all her work are quite beautiful and I would like to see if if she made some prints before I bought the originals. I would like to know the names of these pictures. She was a very nice lady and I am glad she is remembered by so many people because of her pictures that people cherish,
I have 3 pieces done by Donna. I own "A Gift of Love" depicting an indian w/ his horse, the other 2 I cant remember the names of right offhand, they are both very large, one depicts an indian chief surrounded by buffalo, and the other is a mountain man surrounded by bears. I 'met' Donna over the phone many years ago, "A Gift of Love" was the first piece I purchased from her after seeing it in an advertisment in "Western Horseman Magazine". She had her husband frame it for me, and adorned it with a few feathers! It has ALWAYS been my favorite piece. All 3 are double signed, and "A Gift of Love" has a personal message on the back of it from Donna to me. It's so special to me. I remember Donna as being a 'friend'. We became friends after my first purchase and would sometimes call and 'chat'. When I heard of her death, I was devistated, I had lost a friend, and the world had lost a talented artist. My pieces are part of my life now, there isnt any way I would never part with them. I get 'lost' in them every chance I get. I see the spirit of someone I called a 'friend' in them. She infused her spirit into each pieces, that spirit still lives on.
It's wonderful to see Donna's work being enjoyed. I worked for her for 3 yrs before she died. She was a wonderful, gifted,and inspiring person as well as artist. You'd never tire of watching her "in action."
Land of Bear PrintJudy Cloud
In 1997, I was in Fairbanks, Alaska attending a conference. During this conference, there was an auction and someone had donated the "Land of Bear" Framed Print. It had been signed twice by the artist and the original information regarding the print on the back. It was so unique and I had to have it. I purchased it and it has hung in my office everyday since. People often ask about the artist, but until today when I stumbled upon this website did I know who Donna Jacobsen was. Thank you all for sharing your thoughts about her. It make this print even more special to know what a great person she was.
the old one specksrudy
i bought a print # 133 at a pow-wow in hawaii back in 1991. looking for the original
In 1995 my husband & I stopped into an art studio in Lincoln City Oregon and discovered the most beautiful artwork I have ever seen, created by an artist I had never heard of before. That amazing artist was Donna Jacobson. The owner of the shop said he was a friend of hers and said that she had passed away the previous year. I was mesmerized by a print of an old Indian Chief and I wished I could have bought it on the spot. All I could afford that day was a small print and poem titled "Soul Mates" which I fell in love with. Later that day, my wonderful husband went back to the studio (under the guise of going to the grocery store!) and purchased "Kindred Spirits" for me as a surprise for my birthday. It is my my most prized possession and I feel blessed to have both of Donna's pieces hanging in my living room. Many of our friends have asked me about "Kindred Spirits" and have commented that the wolf's eyes seem follow them around the room. I would love to purchase more of her pieces, but they are hard to find. It is very easy to develop an emotional attachment to her artwork and parting with one would be like loosing an old friend. I an very thankful that she shared her special gift with the world.
My mothers paintings and printsKeith Reed
I have received alot of questions about he value of paintings and prints. The value is what people are willing to pay for them. There is no set price on any of my mothers work. My sister and I have some prints that are still available and #1 and #2 signed copys of all her prints that we would never sell. So if you are looking to sell and you are offered more than what you bought it for, your doing well. My mother had a very special gift and a moving spirit that she put into each of her paintings. Along with the poems she made for alot of them. If you have any questions feel free to ask. May you all have a very Happy and Healthy New Year.
Eagle PaintingTracee Way
Can anyone help me figure out what the name of my painting is and what it is worth. It is an Eagle head with another Eagle inside that and signed 1991. I purchased it in Fernely, Nevada in 2004.
"A Gift of Love"DeeDee Phillips
I met Donna at a Walnut Creek Arts & Crafts festival back in 1991. I bought a piece called "A Gift of Love" from her for $65.00 and gave it to my boyfriend who later became my husband. A year or two later, my husband and I went to another show in Alamo and a man named was there selling Donna's prints. I still have the pamplet he gave me. Apparently, he was an authorized dealer for Donna. His name was Ted Leifried and he had a Gallery called Feather River Gallery in Orland, CA. After talking to him for awhile about Donna and her death, he told us about a print that he desperately wanted to find because there were no more prints available. It turned out to be the one we had "A Gift of Love". I ran home and grabbed it, brought it back to show him and he offered me $750 for it. I didn't sell, I still have it, but I'm curious about it's value today. On the back it says "Limited Edition Offset Lithograph. Number 555 of 575" It also says "Artist's Proofs: 35". We bought a couple other prints that day, too, but I never saw Donna's work at any crafts faires after that. Does anyone know anything about Ted or if the gallery still exists?
Feathers in the WindAl Radzik
I was fortunate enough to purchase 'Feathers in the Wind" while visiting a small store in the Cherokee Nation. Money was tight for me but as soon as I saw it I knew I had to have it. That was many years ago and I still have the bubble wrap that it was packaged in. I treat it like the treasure it is.
As far as worth for this and her other work, it is in the eye of the beholder. I would treasure having anything else of hers. Until then, all of you who write it asking of the value of your particular item, just be happy you have the treasure that you do. If you ever tire of it ( which can not be possible in my eyes) contact me .
My mothers artworkKeith Reed
Its so nice to see that my mother still touches so many people after all these years....If i can answer any questions please feel free to ask. Thank you for all of the nice and loving comments.
I just aquired "Grandfather Calls" signed limited edition print/lithograph by Donna Jacobson. 430 out of 575. Can someone please tell me it's value?
Donna Jean Reed JacobsonSharon
It was September 1990 when I met Donna. I was attending a craft fair in Sparks Nevada when I wandered into her booth. Outside her booth it was noisy, hot and total chaos. While inside it was cool, calm and inviting. It was my birthday weekend and I purchased "Sisters In Spirit. I left the booth so she could frame my purchase. When I returned to pick it up she wrote "For Sharon May "Sisters In Spirit" bless your home with love and strength." signed Donna J. Jacobson. She then drew a large Feather. I have displayed this #5/575 every day since. I wanted to purchase another print but then I found out that she had passed. In this case I guess one was enough.
Spirit of BrothersKarin Joyce
I'am trying to locate
Spirit of Brothers by Donna Jacobson. I have 2 other signed and numbered artworks.
Looking for numbered poemsAlexis Heinz
My sister had bought my mom a numbered poem by Ms. Jacobson & recently during our estate packing & donations, has lost track of it. "The Heart" is the specific item & looking for where to find a copy or place to track or view it. Thanks!
Donna L JacobsonCara Hall
I have three double signed prints..Morning Wind, Spirit Watch and Brothers in Spirit that I purchased right after Donna passed away. They hang in my living room, and they will be forever cherished. She inspires me daily...I wish her family could realize what inspiration and insight she has left to so many of us. Words are too little for such a national treasure. She is surely in heaven with all her fellow spirits surrounding her.
I am interested in finding out any info on a Donna jacobson piece that measures 29X38. It depicts a large Indian Chief. Feel free to contact me for pictures.
Donna JacobsonLinda Hardwick
my sis n law bought a print at a yard sale. artist Donna. how do i find out about it. it is signed by her, it is a horse and an indian maiden with the wood grain showing. pls help
Unknown Print NameDonna
I live in Australia and I was given a wonderful pic of Donna's of an old man standing with a bear and you can see the grain of the wood in the bear and the old man's face, but I have no idea what the pic is titled. Can anyone help?
Distant Mountainseileen lombardi
I met Donna and her husband at the Paso Robles Fair many years ago and looked for her every year after. I was spellbound by her work and wanted to purchase an original so badly. But as a college student, I was very limited in means. My second visit to the fair led me to her booth again, and I bought a print, Distant Mountains, of a man and a woman, wrapped in a thick blanket, looking toward the mountains (invisible in the picture). He is white and she is native american. It is so hauntingly beautiful, a powerful perspective of marriage -- two together facing life's challenges, each strong and resolute but dependent on each other. When I tried to visit the third year in a row, I learned that Donna had passed away. I was so sad. I remember telling my mom I wish I'd known she was ill, b/c I would have found a way to purchase another print. Like Jennifer Weiss, I remember the little girl and the horse. That's the print I've always wished I'd purchased.
Much love to Donna's family. She lives on in her beautiful work.
Wind SpiritToby Green
Donna was a warm and wonderful person. It could be seen in her work. I have a few of her prints and the original of Wind Spirit. I am so happy to see how her spirt lives on in this site.
Brothers in Spiritfatima macias
I would like to know how much this is worth. I came cross this beauiful piece of art. On the back of the of the artwork there was a phone number but it is no longer in service. I have been looking for some help for about one year. Today was my lucky day. Donna sounds like an awesome person. Her spirit will live forever. Have a wonderful Day
donna's spiritterrene trexler
I firsr met Donna 30 years ago.She was showing her work at a street show in Arroyo Grande,Calif. We spent lots of time after that visiting. She hired me to clean house for her in later years. I helped her a couple of times to put togather her Feathers in the Wind when when she got behind with assembly. I was so lucky to watch her draw some of her pieces. I moved from the area 13 years ago and was heartbroken when Frank wrote to tell me she had died. God did not make any heart bigger than hers.I am so lucky to have Orignals and multiple lithographs. I loved her and Frank.They will always have a place in my heart.
Just A FanJenifer Weiss
When I was in High School I was in the FFA and spent a lot of time at our local fair. I live in the same area as Donna and this was in the mid-80's . One day I was wandering around the fair looking at things when I saw Donna. She had a booth in the artist section of the fair. She was working on (I can't remember the name) a little girl holding a horse. I fell in love at that moment. I eventually bought four of her prints. Donna was a wonderfull a caring woman. I remember going to her house a picking up my prints and how wonderful it was to talk to her. She remembered me every year at the fair, and I remember her telling me it was because she liked knowing where at least some of her beautiful work was going. I was truley saddend by her dealth and remember everything about the day I heard. It is so wonderfull to read everybodies stories about her and to know how she touched so many.
my mothers work!keith reed
After all these years, since my mother's death, it's very nice to see all the lives that she touched. To read all the stories from people all over that loved her and her work is heart-warming to me. Watching my mother grow after my father's death, I can see where her work came from. She put a lot of her feelings and inspiration into her artwork. I did not know until several years after she began her artwork that she used the image of my face and body in some of her pieces. I learned a lot from my mother and miss her dearly. My sister and I have several originals and two copies of all her works of art. I also have a copy of her peotry "Feathers in the Wind." I would be glad to share any information I can reagarding my mother's artwork. Thank you all for your kind thoughts and stories. Sincerely, Keith Reed
... any free bio info ; love "Sisters in Spirit"walt wally martin
... got lucky about ten years ago and presented my dear wife w/ an a/p of "Sisters" . I'm still "blown away" every time I see and feel the beauty & power that the work projects .I'd like to find a free bio on Donna J.R.Jacobson - money's tight as I'm trying to find a companion piece for Jan . As it is , her expression has graced our bedroom wall for over a decade . Wished we could have met her . Thankfully , wally martin (N.J.)
donna jacobsonLisa Fiske
I am so happy to finally find something about Donna on the internet. I have tried many times before. I met Donna in 1990 and fell in love with her and her art work. I had been looking for an artist that would take my old photo of my great grandmother(six greats) and make it into a portrait. With no luck until I met Donna, she was my savior. We instantly were friends. She looked at my grandmothers photo and had to do it. She came out beautiful. I have my picture in my living room and think of Donna everytime I look at it. And like the rest of you I have no idea of her worth.
i am trying to find out about"thunder and fire" by donn jacobson
I have several of Donna Jacobson's work. I fell in love with it years ago before her death and couldn't help buying. She is one of the greatest artist I have ever seen. No one compairs on indiana pictures.
loving beautiful talented ...india
Donna J. Jacobson:
What a wonderful lady, artist and poet-
Much of her artwork was not only inspired by the Birch wood grain but it was her poetry -
Her graphic art was a reflection of her poetry. ie: "Your Eyes are on Far Mountain..."That drawing was actually a poem first- She published a compilation of her Poems.
She was also a great sculptress with three different Bronzes: I've got her Bio if you are interested. She is in ART OF THE SOUTHWEST as a FEATURED ARTIST 1991-2or so
A Beautiful person and Extremly TalentedMelind Wood
I first met Donna and her husband, who was also very talented, in Atascadero Calif. at a Art show in the park. I purchased a original of an Indian Cheif in 1982 with a Beautiful hand made frame her husband had made and in 83 a original called Deer Spirit, also with a handmade frame. I started colecting prints of the originals. I believe I have a colection of nine altogether. She was a very talented person with a Huge Heart and I will always miss her, Melinda
A talent missed!!KAT
As the rest of you I am also an admirer of Donna's beautiful work. I also purchased an original I believe back in 1990 at an art show in Northridge, CA. where I had the pleasure to meet her and her talented husband. When I first seen her work I was absolutely in love with it. Unfortunately the huge item with the Buffalo chase that I wanted was more than I could afford at that time, but I did purchase a beautiful piece, “MOON MAGIC”.
I had gone back to the art show looking for Donna Jacobson a few times and never saw her there again. When I did contact her about the piece I had it was not familiar to her.
Later looking for her again, I approached a wonderful bronze statue artist that had a booth next to her in the previous years at the art show and had asked him if he knew where she was. That is when I learned that she had a passed away. I brought my original to him and showed him what I had purchased. He said I was blessed was a beautiful piece. I have searched many times on the internet to find out information on her work and could never find anything until now. It is nice to hear how well her artwork is admired buy many people. I loved to see her biography posted, it just reminds me of the talented person that I meet and feel so privileged to have one of her pieces.
She defiantly had a great talent.
Donna Jacobsonfrank hull
I met Donna through her brother Todd in Atascadero in 1979. Purchased a few originals on wood with custom frames made by her husband. Currently have "leader of a nation" my favorite, and an "owl" portraite. Was shocked to hear of her passing. She will be missed as an artist and a fine person.
Donna Jacobsonsteve prater
I met Donna at several art shows, and purchased many of her original works. She was an incredible human being, and an inspirational artist. She saw her images in the wood grain before she ever started bringing the figures out of the wood with her hands, and her charcoal. There is no other artist that utilized her technique. I am proud to have known her, and her husband.
Donna JacobsonTom and Gayle Kidd
We met Donna in Fremont Ca during a craft show at the Newpark Mall sometime in the 80's. We purchased many of her charcoal on wood prints and cherish every one of them. She was one of the sweetest and most gifted individuals we have ever had the pleasure of meeting. We mourned her death as if she was a part of us and her works will always be admired by our many friends and relatives as they are displayed in almost every room of our home in Sparks, NV.
Gayle & Tom
I didn't know Donna J Jacobson had passed until visiting this site looking for information on her. I had met her in Lake Tahoe during 1986 at an art/crafts show and was so intrigued by her work that I bought one of her charcoals, titled "Yellow Knife" and had it shipped home to PA.
If anyone has her bio and would like to share it with me, please e-mail at the referenced address. I don't even know what my painting would be worth currently; and I do so treasure it. It is an original, not a print.