Donna Pothier was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1957, where most of her growing up years were spent in Mississauga Ontario. Donna was always interested in art and took the opportunity to major in the subject as she entered High School in 1972. It was in grade 9, on a class trip to the McMichael Art Gallery in Kleinberg Ontario, her class had the good fortune to meet and talk to A.Y. Jackson, one of the famous Group of Seven. It was the most enlightening moment of her young learning experiences, as he simply told the class, "to just be yourself". Being true to "herself", while having no formal training, and with just a love of art, Donna continued to develop her art skills and in 1985 decided to make some changes in her life & moved to new Brunswick to be near her family. In 1992, she began to participate in small local art & craft fairs. Within a few years she ventured on to larger venues and in 1995, she decided to make art her full time career, selling at shows throughout the Maritimes, and beyond. Donna's technique has been in the style of the famous folk artist Rufus Porter, and since her move into fulltime art creation and design her products have been sold and displayed virtually all over the globe. Currently, Donna's work is exclusive to a few select shops in New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island. Her shop is run from her home, and can be visited throughout the year. For many years a large portion of her work has been, and remains to be, created with the use of reclaimed materials. An emerging area of her work has been creating and providing custom orders for a growing and appreciative clientele.