Colorful Tales

Designing Is For The Dogs

January 22, 2013

Donna Bodell

Looking back, it’s clear that Donna Bodell was in the right place at the right time. When she said hello to Alice Nichols 18 years ago – introduced by a mutual friend – she had no idea she would one day be Director of Design and Marketing at Up Country.

Donna has always loved art. She drew in grammar and middle school, and when she got to high school, her life’s direction would become clear. Guided by wonderful teachers, she was exposed to other mediums like batik, pastels, oils and even an etching press – and after graduation, she was accepted to one of the best art schools in the country.

At the Rhode Island School of Design, she was “a normal artsy kid,” surrounded by hundreds of eccentric, colorful students. All her hard work earned her a degree in Illustration and a wide-open future. “RISD teaches their students to be problem solvers,” says Donna. “And to this day, I’m thankful for that.”

Donna’s first job was at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, where some of the world’s most magnificent art stocked her toolbox. She designed posters, note cards and other paper goods for the museum gift shop. Before long, Donna fell in love, got married, settled in rural Rhode Island, began a family and met Alice Nichols.

Alice had a fast growing company that made dog collars. Almost immediately, the entrepreneur and the artist joined talents. Fast forward to 2012, and Donna still loves coming to work every day. She’s still living in beautiful rural Rhode Island, with her husband and three girls – one of which is a 10-year-old black lab named BeeBee who joined the family as a puppy.

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