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Color the Emotion
Donald Corpier Starr, Drawings

SEPT 17 – NOV 9, 2018

Reception and Artist Talk: Tuesday, October 9, 2018. 5:30-7:30 p.m. (Talk begins at 6:15 p.m.)


Color the Emotion features Donald Corpier Starr’s drawings of people who have piqued his interest over the years. His loving, character-infused portraits provoke a variety of reactions from the viewer. Starr uses positive/negative space to portray emotions and feeling in his portraits. Prior to drawing his subjects, Starr photographs them to fix the image and to consider an alternative medium for each portrait.

As a young artist with limited resources, Starr drew inspiration from images in magazines and books. In addition, he would draw other parishioners in church, using the program as his canvas. Choosing the appropriate medium to bring out the personality and character of each subject can be a challenge for Starr.

Starr’s philosophy for connecting with an audience is simple, “If I can create a pleasing image that creates a mood or emotion in the viewer and causes them to wonder ‘Who is this person?’ then I have accomplished my goal.”

Donald Corpier Starr was born in Wichita, Kansas and has been drawing since the age of five. He credits his mother and some exceptional early educators for recognizing and encouraging his artistic talent. His formal art education began with a summer scholarship to the Belmont Art Studios (Wichita) after sixth grade. He received an Associate Degree from Coffeyville College, Kansas, and later studied art at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque before enlisting in the Air Force. During his years of service, he worked as an administrative clerk and graphics specialist. Starr, a Henderson resident, received an Honorable Mention for his submission for a Nevada Arts Council Artist Fellowship Grant in 2017. He was selected as a 2018 PopArt Street Gallery Las Vegas Artist.