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Donald Sunshine FAIA, Professor Emeritus of Architecture, Virginia Tech, is an award-winning architect, author and artist. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, past president of the Virginia Society American Institute of Architects, and Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Arizona. In addition to the many buildings he has designed and his seven books, his architecture and art has been widely exhibited. Prior exhibits include Chicago’s Art Institute and the Museum of Science and Industry, as well as exhibits in Virginia, Florida, and Hawaii. Professor Sunshine and his artist and collaborator wife Joanna live on their family farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, and in the 10,000 Islands area of Southwest Florida, where they continue to pursue architecture, art, and writing.
“As a young student – about 1000 years ago – I began drawing. Perhaps it was my grandfather, an artist who didn’t know it, who first introduced me to art. I consider my art a ‘way of life’ and a means of seeing. Shunning photo realism . . . after all we do have cameras these days, my impressionist watercolors, primarily of Southwest Virginia, present my way of ‘seeing.’ My abstracts provide another way of ‘seeing,’ and finally, are my paintings of art as commentary. I share my artist wife Joanna’s passion for search and discovery. My architecture, sketching, painting, sculpture and writing are interrelated and a life’s pursuit, as well as a way of seeing, and a means of commentary.” – Donald Sunshine