Donna Haley has been painting her entire life. Her formal training began at The Art Students League in New York with Robert Beverly Hale (Anatomy), Gustav Rehberger (Classical Drawing), Richard Goetz (Still Life) and Peter Cox (the Figure), as well as John Philip Osborne (Landscape). Experimenting with watercolor master, Paul Ching Bor, in New York, Donna’s life as a painter has come full circle -- starting with watercolor and now returning to the medium with new vision and techniques.
Ms. Haley is a member of the American Watercolor Society, and a three time award-winning artist in the Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery in New York. She is a member of theartbeat345nyc and exhibited there throughout 2015/16. Her work has been seen at the Ridgewood Art Association as well as solo shows in Warwick, NY. Ms. Haley was recently welcomed to the Board of the Hudson Valley Art Association where her painting, Sipi Falls, Uganda, was featured in their 83rd annual show at the Salmagundi Club in New York. Donna’s paintings are in private collections in the U.S. and Canada, and can be seen at the Avenue Gallery in Connecticut.
Art for me is an exploration of what moves, delights or startles me. My paintings attempt to reach into the emotional core of nature's moments — whether it be dawn in New York, a sunset in Africa or someone we know or wish to know.
My process is to allow the painting to emerge from the surprising play between water, color, light, and the weight and pull of darkness -- the fluidity of the moment in remembrance. It is my hope that the viewer is moved as well by a new yet familiar feeling.