As a child of the 80’s, Donna McCarty-Estep’s nostalgia drives her creativity. Currently inspired by popular culture, she pulls inspiration from movies, the media and literature to create portraits that evoke those same feelings in others. With a mix of stencil and direct painting, she creates bright and vibrant art that is fun to have on the wall. Fun is the prevailing reason behind these creations.
Moving from rural southern Ohio after graduating with a degree in art education, Estep took several years away from personal art creation until she joined a local art group and was introduced into the art scene of Columbus. Since then she has been creating almost non-stop. “I paint every day. Even if it’s just a couple of drops of paint or making plans for a new piece.” This drive has really kept her going both personally and in a volunteer capacity for several art based groups as well as being a founding member of Franklinton Friday, a community art crawl. Her art can be found around Columbus in bars and restaurants and at her studio located at 400 Wests Rich in Franklinton, which hosts open studios every second Friday.