Donna started crafting pine needle baskets in 2003 with the idea that they would make great gifts for family members and friends.She enjoyed making them so much that she sometimes couldn't put them down. As a result her journey has led her to hundreds of art and craft shows, most of which are juried shows where your peers have to review your work and decide if your art is good enough to be displayed in their show. Donna's baskets can be seen and purchased in thirteen stores and art galleries in Michigan as well as three other states. This is in addition to art gallery displays and shows around the state as well as Florida. She also has had many baskets shipped to other countries in Europe as gifts as well as being purchased by collectors in other countries.
Donna has had several newspaper and magazine articles written about her work. Many of these have been regarding the demand for custom baskets done to the buyers requests. This has become a big thing. As a result, her baskets have become much more sophisticated in respect to the different medium she uses. She now uses many real whitetail deer antlers as well as slabs cut from many different stones including but not limited to, Brazilian Agate, Lake Superior Agates, and the most popular in our area, Petoskey and pudding stones. In our area of the St Mary's river system, the Pudding stone is a local stone which was formed millions of years ago and is common only to our area. Most of the stones she uses are cut in her own lapidary shop by her husband, Bill. They are cut on a diamond blade saw under an oil bath. Donna particularly likes working with deer antlers, as each one takes on a life of it's own and it seems no two of them are alike. They are pretty much decided by the shape of the horn. This is a reason that this type of art is so interesting challenging.
As a result of all of her endeavors, Donna has been asked to do demonstrations of her skills as well as teach the craft at several locations in Michigan and Florida. She has taught at several locations including the prestigious Alberta House Art Gallery, as well as retail locations where her art is sold. Donna also teaches at the Lifelong Learning College at the Villages in Florida.