Donna’s artistic journey into the marvel of medium and materials is breathtaking; often she uses no brushes or tools to create her inked horses. Her subliminal control of proprietary mixtures of acrylics and water-based inks and pigments, both dripped and directed, emanates from a purely intuitive space. A personal artistic blend and signature clean, fresh style creates art that is modern in structure yet deeply intimate.
Born in NY, Donna Bernstein is largely self-taught, yet has studied privately with such artists as international painter Robert Dash, contemporary abstractionist Christine Raymond, and modern metal sculpturist Sue Latta.
Marketing to numerous shows and galleries throughout the country, a number of these pieces have been placed in permanent collections. Her collectors say it best: "Your art inspires thought." "Your art draws me in for a much deeper experience; every time I look I see more." "Your art has it all - motion and emotion.”
Donna is inspired by the ancient cave paintings of Altamira and Lascaux; by Greek marble sculpture and form, and by Impressionist color, as the scale and freedom of Monet. The abstract expressionists Pollock, Frankenthaler, and Mitchell, as well as the color field work of Mark Rothko, the clarity of Georgia O'Keefe, and the daring metal works of Deborah Butterfield have all conspired to inform her work.
Her equestrian and abstract art collections are shown throughout the country and collected around the world. Whether a private home, corporate or hospitality installation, her paintings complement their surroundings as well as carry an emotional atmosphere always in keeping with her client's aesthetic.
"I am a painter of the classic form of the horse. I use modern colors in a signature style. My work is of the dreams of horses, the horses of my imagination, the horses I never had. I have come to understand that it is not horses that I paint; I paint the way they make me feel.”
2021 Artlink PHX, Portland on the Park, AZ
2020 Hamptons Virtual Art Fair, Steidel Contemporary , NY
2019 Reveal Art Fair, Saratoga Springs, NY
2019 9The Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
2019 Julie Keyes Art, Palm Beach, FL
2019 White Room Gallery , Bridgehampton NY
2018 Karyn Mannix Contemporary, Red Dot Miami, Art Basel Miami
2018 White Room Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY
2018 Reveal Art Fair, Saratoga, NY
2018 Longines Masters, NY
2016 Art for the Horses, Parker Arts Center, Parker, CO
2016 Art Calabasas , CA
2016 La Quinta Arts Festival , CA
2016 Celebration of Fine Art AZ - also 2015, 14, 13
2015 Art Museum Eastern Idaho, Biennial Juried Show, ID
2015 ArtHamptons Fair, Bridgehampton, NY
2015 La Quinta Arts Festival, Billboard Featured Artist, La Quinta CA
2014 Horses in Motion, Juried Equestrian Art, Nativa Gallery, CA
2013 Art Museum Eastern Idaho, Biennial Juried Show, ID
2013 Alexander Salazar Fine Art, Solo Show, La Jolla & San Diego, CA
2013 Brown Hotel Gallery, Solo Show, Louisville, KY.
2013 Elisa Contemporary, NYC & Design Studio, Bridgehampton, NY.
2010 Wynwood International Exhibit, Nina Torres Fine Art, Miami, FL
"I am available for commission orders of any size or palette, and love working with clients to create something very special and personal for them. I can estimate, and fully quote the work once the size, colors, and date of delivery, if they have one, have been determined.
I enjoy being fully involved in helping the client in this process, and create sketches or sometimes even a small model piece so the buyer can see what their painting will look like. Creating custom artwork in this way is a very fulfilling experience for me."