Helena E. Donzelli
Helena Donzelli began her career in the high tech industry in Silicon Valley. Her experience ranges from recruiting to marketing and positioning, to her last position as a due diligence specialist for high tech investment firms. During her time off she persued her passion for visual arts and made plans to leave high tech and create for a living. It was then that she moved to Sonoma County to bring this dream to fruition.
Putting her background in Interior Design to work, Helena purchased a furniture store in Healdsburg, Califonia. It was there that she studied furniture chalk painting techniques, as well as how to teach those techniques to the community, with Annie Sloan, the founder of the original Chalk Paint.
After closing the store, she continued teaching furniture painting for local retail establishments, in her own studio and for Art Escape in Sonoma, California.
Helena's current creative venture was born as a result of losing her own home and studio in the Northern California wildfires. She had decided to to create art out of her own recovered objects and posted her ideas on Facebook. Within 24 hours after the post, she had received 15 messages from other fire survivors asking her to create art out of their objects. This was the beginning of her current business "Resurrected" in Sonoma, where she creates art for both fire survivors as well as commission and retail purchase.
Helena was also commissioned to create a dedicated art installation at a new restaurant in Kenwood, California - Tips Roadside - as a tribute to the community. Since the October 2017 wildfires, she has been featured in: The San Francisco Chronicle, CBS Sacramento 13 News, KCBS Channel 5 News, KTVU Channel 2 News, KCBS Radio, The Press Democrat, Sonoma Magazine, The Sonoma Index Tribune, The Kenwood Press, and the Sonoma Sun.
Helena is a visual artist who leans toward assemblage form of art and sculpture. She works primarily with nature's elements - wood, copper, metal, steel, natural objects and glass, as well as objects shaped by natural disaster, including fire.
Helena is inspired by objects transformed by natural disaster, and found or discarded objects. Her love and commitment to the creator and her dogs Soju and Birdie. She spends most of her time in studio 11 in Sonoma that she shares with fellow Artist Peter Alan.