Donna was born in Windsor, Ontario and now lives in Calgary, Alberta. Best known for her impressionistic style she uses loose brushwork to simplify and suggest details in her paintings leaving it up to the viewer to participate by filling in the blanks.
She has traveled to the U.S. to study with master painters over the last several years striving to improve her technical knowledge and to grow as an artist.
Her paintings have won numerous awards and she has been featured in the American Art Collector and Canadian Brushstrokes magazines. Donna has exhibited in numerous juried exhibitions and her work can be found in the Calgary Flames Rotary House collection as well as private collections in Canada, United States and South America.
As a way of "paying it forward" she contributes 10% from the sale of her paintings to charity. This year HOPEthiopia, a Calgary based charity that works tirelessly for the betterment of the Ethiopian people has been chosen. Their projects include drilling water wells, building schools and providing dental and medical treatments. 2012 1st Place Federation of Canadian Artists, Calgary Chapter Spring Show 2nd Place Classic Painting Competition, FCA Okanogan, BC Show Finalist "All About the Light" Canadian Brushstrokes Magazine - July/August Issue 2011 2nd Place Federation of Canadian Artists, Calgary Chapter Spring Show Honorable Mention FCA Calgary 30th Anniversary Show Finalist Richeson 75 Competition, Kimberly, Wisconsin Finalist Finalist in the Canadian Brushworks Magazine Figurative Competition - January/February Issue Donna also participated in the this year's Alberta Flood Rose Project with proceeds going to the Canadian Red Cross Flood Relief. 2013 Federation of Canadian Artists, Spring Show, Calgary (Juried) 2012 Federation of Canadian Artists, Small is All, Vancouver, BC (Juried) Federation of Canadian Artist, Canvas Unbound, Vancouver, BC (Juried) Federation of Canadian Artists, Works on Paper, Vancouver, BC (Juried) Federation of Canadian Artists, Calgary Chapter Spring Show - 1st Place (Juried) Classic Painting Competition, FCA Okanogan, BC Show - 2nd Place (Juried) 9th Annual Juried Member's Show & Sale at the Leighton Centre, near Calgary, Alberta 2011 Federation of Canadian Artists, Calgary Chapter Spring Show - 2nd Place Randy Higbee Gallery, 6" Squared Juried Show, Costa Mesa, CA FCA Calgary 30th Anniversary Show - Honorable Mention Richeson 75 Competition, Kimberly, Wisconsin - Finalist Juried into 8th Annual Member's Show & Sale, the Leighton Centre Calgary, Alberta 4th Annual Group Show “Never a Dull Canvas” 2010 Randy Higbee Gallery, 6" Squared Juried Show, Costa Mesa, CA Juried into 7th Annual Member's Show & Sale, the Leighton Centre Calgary, Alberta 3rd Annual Group Show “Never a Dull Canvas” Alberta Society of Artists Juried Exhibition “Wayfarers and Sinners” -Alberta Ballet 2009 Finalist at the Calgary Public Library Foundation Art of the Book Show 2nd Annual Group Show “Never a Dull Canvas” Education and Workshops 2013 Zhoaming Wu - Calgary 2012 Nancy Guzik - Scottsdale Jeffrey Watts, California Kevin Beilfuss - Figurative, Florida 2011 Kim English - Figure and Landscape, Colorado 2010 Carolyn Anderson - Figurative Workshop, Colorado 2009 Scott Burdick – Masters Oil Workshop, Colorado Daniel Gerhartz – Masters Oil Workshop, Colorado Sherri McGraw – Masters Oil Workshop, Colorado Doug Swinton – Drawing for Painters Workshop John Leonard – Haliburton School of Art - Life Drawing Workshop 2008 David Langevin – Acrylic Workshop Jean Pederson – Figure Workshop Denis Cliff – Haliburton School of Art - Acrylic Workshop 2007 Brent Lynch - Composition Workshop Brian Smith – Portraiture Workshop Mike Svob – Acrylic/Oil Workshop University of Calgary – Drawing to Painting Publications American Art Collector December 2012 Issue Featured in Editorial article: Fluid Forms Canadian Brushstrokes Magazine's July/August 2012 Issue Finalist All About the Light Competition Canadian Brushstroke Magazine's January/February 2011 Issue Finalist Portraits and Figures Competition Book Published by Ayr Publications 2011 International Women Celebrate: 100 Women Artists Reflect. Catalog Publication by Richeson Gallery 2011 Richeson 75 Small Works 2011