Featured Mural Artist - The Jacobs’ Family
I knew Donya as an artist through the L.I.F.E homeschool group. I approached her about putting her brush to a downtown space and she was immediately on board with her family. She considered it to be a great adventure to be able to share her love of Art with her family through different outlets.
Donya’s early teen years were spent in Little River where her dad served as a pastor. During her 9th grade year at Brevard High, her family moved to Columbia, S.C. where she would meet her future husband Dean in AP Art class in their senior year. Without the official Art degree, they are considered self taught, relying on what they learned in school and life experiences to follow.
Living in Columbia, SC for awhile, Donya and her family still enjoyed coming back every fall season to the Brevard area to camp and hike. About three years ago, when the opportunity arose to move back to the Little River area, they took it gladly. The family has enjoyed getting their farm up and running. “We feel very blessed to be here in the Brevard area, where we can raise our family off of the land.”
Dean, other than working hard on the farm, is able to work from home as a Network Engineer. Donya has been able to stay at home since their children were born, home schooling both Dahlia, age 14 and Dawson, age 13. They are both very creative and artistic on their own and assisted their parents in completing the downtown mural.
“We are thankful to Kim Provost, giving us the opportunity to paint the USA mural,” Donya said. “The idea was for it to be similar to an old vintage sign.” The mural which can be seen at the corner of the Hunters & Gatherer’s alley way on Main Street was a bit harder for Donya, as she described the usual flow of her paint brush as being very whimsical and free. “This one took a lot of measurement and accuracy. Dean’s Drafting experience and being very good at Math, was a big help. I had the lines taped off in order to see all of it well before putting paint up on the wall. Mixing some of the colors… just eyeing it, took some time too.” Getting the stripes on the flag to look like they were flowing, was a challenge that they Jacobs’ family navigated well. “I worked pretty much straight through 3 weeks. Early mornings and then again in the evenings, between the rain.”
While painting the mural, Donya shared that an onlooker called it a lost Art… the way the letters were measured out with precision by hand and then hand painted. No precut stencils. Old fashioned letter painting. “That made me feel good.” It was a unique experience that was quite different from her typical style. The American flag had to be just right… It needed to flow from the wall.
“We had the privilege to have many onlookers stop and watch throughout our time of working on it. Seeing the flag painted up on the wall stilled many onlookers with some veterans even tearing-up. It was very touching to see such respect to our flag. I hope that we did it justice.” We believe that you did do it justice and we thank you!
“We are hoping to paint several other murals throughout downtown Brevard in the near future,” Donya added. “Brevard has always been a special place in our hearts and we are happy to now call it home.”
Donya provides private Art lessons at her family’s home. She also holds weekly lessons for a large group of home schoolers in Asheville. During the summer, you can attend an Art Camp held at their family farm.
During our 4th Friday, September 27th Gallery Walk, stop by Hunters & Gatherers to meet and say “thank you!” to the alley MURAL artists who have generously gifted their time, energy and talent! Joining the Jacobs’ Family will be artists Billy Smith and Leanne Addison. Stay tuned for continued artist write-ups and pictures!