Swallowdale Studio
Watercolours and Bird Carvings

Donna Griffin-Smith   watercolour artist

An avid traveler and outdoor enthusiast, Donna’s experiences when hiking, paddling and wilderness camping provide the inspiration and subject matter for her watercolour paintings.  Realistic landscapes, floral and nature studies portray her love of the outdoors and fascination with the intricate detail inherent in nature.

 Donna has studied art history and design at Trent University, holds a Visual Arts Specialist certificate in art education and has shown her work at galleries and art festivals since 1981. She has painted with watercolour for more than 25 years, and developed her skills in this challenging medium through workshops with various artists, and by spending hours in the studio, playing with paint and paper. Her studio consists of a tiny cabin in the woods where she can retreat to immerse herself in the joys of painting.



Don Smith   wood carver

Don has honed his abilities as a carver with workshops taught by wildfowl carvers internationally recognized for their expertise.This training has enabled him to capture, in either realistic or stylized fashion, the birds of Canada’s wilderness. His carvings range from highly detailed pieces which accurately portray songbirds, birds of prey and waterfowl, to more whimsical, stylized works which suggest rather than capture an exact likeness.

Don also enjoys carving Old World Santas and other fanciful characters.  


Donna and Don would be happy to share their work with you at their home studio in Huntsville, Ontario.