Donna Weaver is a retired sculptor/engraver for the United States Mint, where she worked on many significant projects in circulating and commemorative coinage and Congressional gold medals. She now employs those skills creating miniature wax portraits like those executed in bas-relief from the mid-18th Century until the popularization of photography in the 1840s.
Weaver re-creates the look, color, and scale of earlier wax portraits. Before starting a portrait, she researches artwork of the time for paintings, drawings, and sculpture of the person to be portrayed. She then mounts the finished portrait on reverse-painted glass and frames it.
Adhering to the high sculptural standards of portraiture in the 18th and early 19th Centuries, Weaver divides her time between sculpting wax portraits of historical figures in the studio of her Madison, Indiana, home and participating in living history events and indoor shows. She accepts assignments to re-create two-dimensional artworks from the early 19th Century.
Weaver is also part of the U.S. Mint’s Artistic Infusion Program and designs for specific coinage programs.
Donna Weaver has been selected for the following Directories:
Biography updated June 25, 2018 Photograph updated June 4, 2018Contact information updated March 24, 2017
Or call 440-543-8566 to subscribe or buy back issues.
2019 Directory Applications
If you are an artist and would like to participate in the 2019 Directory of Traditional American Crafts, you can obtain an application by clicking here. The deadline for applying to the 2019 Directory is January 15, 2019.
We've mailed the
February 2019 issue of Early American Life to all of our current subscribers. The postal service advises you should allow up to three weeks for delivery,
so subscribers should have their copies of our new February issue by January 3, 2019.
All new web subscriptions will start with the April 2019 issue. Call us at 440-543-8566 if you have other subscription requirements.
Early American Homes
For Sale in Pennsylvania
Four bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 2706 sq. ft., blends 19th century charisma with modern day amenities, located in the charming Boro of Strasburg, country living in a small town setting.. $249,500.