A native of Northern Kentucky, Donna Weaver pursued a Fine Arts
degree at the Art Academy of Cincinnati where she studied sculpting,
painting and print making, graduating in 1966. She worked for several area
toy companies, Kenner Toys and Hasbro, sculpting boy's action
figures and girls toys. Changing direction, Donna became a United States
Mint sculptor-engraver in July, 2000 and held the job for 5 1/2 years,
retiring in 2006. She is now part of the Artistic Infusion Program at
the Mint and designs for specific coin programs
(click here for a list of coin
and medal credits).
Ms. Weaver and her husband revived the art of miniature
bas-relief wax portraiture, which was popular in the United States between
1750 and 1840. Named one of Early American Life Magazine's best artisans,
her wax portraits have been judged to be of museum quality. Donna divides her
time between sculpting the wax portraits, gallery exhibits, commissioned
work and participating in living history events from Virginia to Illinois.
Visit this link to see a brief interview with Barry
Bernson of WDRD, Fox 41 in Louisville Ky.