Donna Downey is a New Jersey native now living and working out of her home studio in Lincolnton, NC. As a painter, bestselling author, instructor and all-around creative force, she is a born experimenter, blending and transforming both traditional and unexpected elements into meaningful pieces of self-expression. A former elementary school teacher, she has synthesized her love of teaching with her passion for art and brings this to women via workshops and events around the world. Donna is consistently on the leading edge of taking risks that push the creative envelope and empowering others to do the same with their art. Her work can be found in private and public collections around the world.
"My work is evolutionary, an ever changing palette of colors in constant motion. As a painter, I find the process of applying paint to canvas a bit sexy. Intimately developing a relationship to the movement across the surface and losing myself in the strokes of color the brush leaves behind.
Because my art takes root in its color, I begin placing the colors like a map intuitively allowing the composition to reveal itself. The paintings develop in response to the energy created and it is as meditative as it is necessary to my personal connection to my art. I love a challenge of switching between media and it is not unusual to find me varying my canvas size from 6” to 6'."