Louise Donovan began to study printmaking at Box Hill TAFE, before majoring in Printmaking at the VCA. Throughout her studies there, she undertook a wide range of printmaking techniques but quickly came to focus on drypoint on copper as her main form of expression. That focus continues to this day.
Louise has regularly worked at the Australian Print Workshop and was awarded an APW Collie Trust Award in 2003. In 2022 she was a recipient of an APW Fellowship.
Since 2013 she has exhibited regularly with Tacit Galleries, and they recently invited her to join their stable of artists. Their catalogue for the exhibition Stories II in 2021 says this of her work:
'Louise Donovan captures an immediacy of place and time in her work, a personal moment created through her mark-making with line. Donovan looks to the structures around her - manmade or natural - and reflects on her encounters. The cathedral facade, a ship's hull, the looming dominance of a tree-like its’ spatial position, temporality is an intrinsic property of her subject.'
Tacit Galleries, 2021