Donald Fontenot

Artist + Donald Fontenot

How did my artist journey start? The first time I painted, I felt an amazing rush as the emotions and images were taking shape on the canvas. Over the years, I’ve realized it’s not always that easy – some days multiple paintings seem to pour out of me while other days I think my work feels like just scratch marks. I have come to appreciate the journey of creating art as a type of therapeutic exercise that can teach patience, bring great joy, and inspiration.

I have an ongoing internal creative dialogue with myself– thoughts and flashes of images and colors – all blending together and moving around. Of course, they are swayed by how I’m feeling at any given moment, which is why I view abstract paintings as a manifestation of emotions. I have always loved the freedom of creating and interpreting abstract art. The way abstract art captures different emotions and memories is so alluring and fascinating to me.

I have found gardening to be a great inspiration: all the colors of nature next to each other and so beautiful. The inspiration comes from the beauty of flowers, but also from the tranquility derived from working with the plants and earth. As I reflect on my paintings, I see a couple of series that have developed. A study on the cross-section of a forest, a fantastic blend of colors evoking a huge blend of multicolored flower petals, and an abstract landscape capturing my emotions in color.

Over the years, a quote from Saint Francis de Sales continues to resonate with me “Have patience with all things, but first of all with yourself”. I seem to tell myself this frequently and it has become my go-to advice on many occasions when friends seek help. It seems this patience has allowed my mind and soul to develop the thoughts and emotions that inspire me to create this work of art. My passion for creating abstract art compels me to paint every day. My greatest joy is completing a painting that reflects that passion and being able to share that passion with you.


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Head to Toe
Kris Muntan Painting
Kris Muntan
No Coasters Needed
Kristen Albrecht Mixed Media / Painting
Kristen Albrecht
Uptown Ruler
Nicole Ockmond Painting
Nicole Ockmond
"Deco"
Brett Henderson Painting
Brett Henderson
Bird Watching
Ember Soberman Painting / Mixed Media
Ember Soberman
Unbroken Shadows
Blair Dupre Painting
Blair Dupre
Buddy Bolden
Connie Kittok Painting
Connie Kittok
Kermit Ruffins : BBQ swinger
Gabriel Flores New Orleans Paint and Design
Painting
Gabriel Flores
Landscape Layers
Kat Ryalls Painting
Kat Ryalls
AGATE EARTHTONES
Lori Sperier Mixed Media / Painting
Lori Sperier
Festival des Acadiens
Devin De Wulf Folk / Outsider Art / Painting / Photography
Devin De Wulf
Le Bon Temp Roule
Nurhan Gokturk Illustration / Painting
Nurhan Gokturk
Orgullo
MILAGROS Collective Painting
MILAGROS Collective
"Blues on the Bayou" in memory of BB King
George McClements Painting
George McClements
Wildlife
Mary Singleton Painting
Mary Singleton
Tomb of The Unknown Slave
Queen Hope Parker Queen Hope Poetic Art
Painting
Queen Hope Parker
Science Mural
Brent Houzenga Painting
Brent Houzenga
Limerita Angelica
Rayne Bories Painting
Rayne Bories
Scene from 'Alligator' (1980)
Thomas Deaton Painting
Thomas Deaton
Alejandra
Katie Kut Painting
Katie Kut
The Neighborhood
Ella Albrecht Painting
Ella Albrecht
Aggressive or Soft
Katie Yaquinto Painting
Katie Yaquinto
Harley Baby
Rise Delmar Ochsner Painting
Rise Delmar Ochsner
Aftermath
Rebecca Birtel Madura Painting
Rebecca Birtel Madura
Okra Farms: Lower 9th Ward, New Orleans, LA
Miro Hoffmann Painting
Miro Hoffmann
Watson 101 Print
Bruce Corona Drawing / Mixed Media / Painting
Bruce Corona
Moon Moss
Stephen Rooney Painting
Stephen Rooney
Yugen - Archival Print of Mixed Media Abstract on Watercolor Paper
Rachel Rice-Baham Painting / Mixed Media
Rachel Rice-Baham
Terrance Strikes a Pose on Lafitte Street
Drew Cooke Mixed Media / Painting
Drew Cooke
Dr. John: "The Night Tripper"
Max Bernardi Painting
Max Bernardi
Ascending Trees
Louise Guidry Encaustic / Monotype / Painting / Printmaking
Louise Guidry
I am Enough
Nancy Wolfe Kimberly Gator Girl Art
Painting
Nancy Wolfe Kimberly
High Tide
Debbie Boyd Painting
Debbie Boyd
'Mono No Aware' Fine Art Print
Heather Bird Harris Painting
Heather Bird Harris
Infinite Sadness
Jeremy Paten Mixed Media / Painting
Jeremy Paten
Tylor and His Dog Lemon
Paige DeVries Painting
Paige DeVries
Land Before Time II
Leroy Miranda Jr. Painting
Leroy Miranda Jr.
Summer Song
Anne McLeod Painting
Anne McLeod
Shattered Shorty
Patrick Henry Victory Arts
Painting
Patrick Henry
"Hubig Pies and a Barq's"
John Turner Painting
John Turner
"The March"
Meghan Methe Painting
Meghan Methe
Zulu Uptown
Sean Randall Painting
Sean Randall
The Blues
Darlene Langendonk Art Impressions
Painting
Darlene Langendonk
Golden Hour
Anne Blenker Painting
Anne Blenker
Close Encounter
Maddie Stratton Painting
Maddie Stratton
Abstract #2
Toné Lowe Painting
Toné Lowe
The Godfather of Soul
Lucille Anderson Lucille Blues
Painting
Lucille Anderson
Fragility- Fine Art Print
Kate Hanrahan Illustration / Mixed Media / Painting
Kate Hanrahan
Blue Notecard
Shelby Little Painting
Shelby Little
Mardi Gras Ball
Lee Morais Painting
Lee Morais
Blue Roots 1
Emma Fick Painting
Emma Fick
Glissando
Connor McManus Mixed Media / Painting
Connor McManus
Bicycle in the Marigny
Lyla Clayre Illustration / Painting
Lyla Clayre
Blushing Oyster Original Painting
Sarah Nelson Sarah Nelson Fine Art
Painting
Sarah Nelson
Sunset Wind
Daryl D. Johnson Painting
Daryl D. Johnson
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Sean Clark Painting
Sean Clark
Waiter/Waitress
Alexandra Kilburn Illustration / Painting
Alexandra Kilburn
Awake Print on Cotton Paper
Josie Azuma Painting
Josie Azuma
Pictures at an Exhibition
Stephanie Reed Painting
Stephanie Reed
Lenny
Lionel Milton Elleone
Painting
Lionel Milton
Grey Green Ladder
Julie Silvers Julie Silvers Art
Painting
Julie Silvers
LYRS
Gabrielle Tolliver Painting
Gabrielle Tolliver
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Jessica Strahan JHand Paints
Painting
Jessica Strahan
Circus Pig – on Chartres Near NOCCA
Ramiro Diaz Painting
Ramiro Diaz
Red Cloud 12.01
George Dolgy Painting
George Dolgy
"India"
Ceaux . Ceaux Artwork
Painting
Ceaux .
Swamp Goddess Print
Saegan Swanson Painting
Saegan Swanson
Temperance (XIV)
Margaux Hymel Art by Gaux Gaux
Painting
Margaux Hymel
A Snowbird's Winter
Michael Eble Painting
Michael Eble
Pink Cadillac
Cheryl Anne Grace Painting
Cheryl Anne Grace
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