Donna Slade of Fine Art at Baxters, a North Carolina Art Gallery

artGuide Magazine, which covers North Carolina art galleries and artists recently sat down with Donna Slade, co-owner of Fine Art at Baxters, a North Carolina art gallery and discussed her journey to becoming a full-time artist. 


What was your introduction to art?
Growing up in a small town in Virginia, I remember as a child, discovering several colored pencil drawings of “fish” that my father had done.  I thought they were the most wonderful things I had ever seen.  I considered that my first memorable introduction to art.

Describe your journey to becoming a full-time artist.
After graduating from Business College, I studied advertising design and illustration,
preparing for a career in commercial art.  I operated my own design firm for over 12 years and enjoyed an award-winning 30-year career as a commercial artist, designer, and illustrator.  Throughout my career, I studied various media but my focus is on representational realistic paintings created in colored pencil.  Building many different layers of color creates the paintings.  Recently I became a full-time painter and gallery owner in Eastern North Carolina.

I am a charter, signature member, and 10-Year Merit Award Recipient of the Colored Pencil Society of America, (CPSA). My paintings have been published in Best of Colored Pencil, CP Treasures, Colored Pencil Masterworks from Around the Globe I, CP Treasures Volume II, CP Treasures Volume III, and The Colored Pencil Signature Showcase.

What brought you to Fine Art at Baxters Gallery?
Making a move in 2007 from the Raleigh area to the Eastern part of North Carolina, I joined forces with a retired art teacher just opening a small gallery in New Bern. In 2009 the gallery expanded to became an LLC with 4 partners.  In 2011 the (1918) 4,500 square foot former historic Baxter’s Jewelry store was purchased and became the permanent home for Fine Art at Baxters Gallery.  The gallery is also home to seven working artist’s studios.  The gallery offers a wide range of art by locally, regionally, and nationally recognized artists.

What’s next for Donna Slade?    
My future plans revolve around perfecting my technique and continued development of my own personal identifiable style.  I will continue to promote the vision of the gallery; continuing efforts to support our artists and provide quality art reasonably priced. We strive to offer a wide selection of styles, mediums, and subject matter that will offer our clients a unique gallery experience.


Donna Slade has co-owned Fine Art at Baxters Gallery since 2007.  Fine Art at Baxters, 323 Pollock Street, New Bern, NC 28560.