When she sees painted walls, she would stare at them for a long time. When she sees color, she stares, and there’s a voice in her head pushing to paint and draw.
Jerelyn P. Donugines was born in Manapla, Negros Occidental, where as a teen she started to draw, until she discovered she can paint. In her church, she painted theme decoration.
It was a social worker of Norwegian Mission Alliance who encouraged her to teach drawing and painting as a part of Youth Development activity. From there, she started to teach painting in Taguig, Las Pinas, Muntinlupa, San Pedro and Lumban, Laguna, while she took up a short course in painting in Taytay, Rizal.
Currently she is an art trainer and art mentor in San Pedro Livelihood Open Training, a livelihood project of the town Mayor Loudes S. Cataquiz.
As she continued in teaching, she decided to organize an art group in San Pedro.
Her paintings are associated with ethnic patterns to show respect for Filipino culture and arts. In the Tres Marias series, a Filipina who is the central character, created from imagination. As an artist, she believes she should be able to express how she feels on canvas.
“It can be hard to let it out and it does not happen all the time.” She gathers inspiration through prayer and listens to praise music to drive away negative thoughts.