Donna Bernstein was born in NY in 1954, in a small town north of Manhattan. Her natural inclination for horses appeared at a young age and with great sensitivity and intuition she would watch whatever horses she could find in her rural area, drawing and studying their form and anatomy with a youthful intensity.
Donna’s personal artistic blend and signature clean, fresh style creates art that is modern in structure yet deeply intimate, appealing to both the horse lover and formal art collector. With uncanny simplicity and a style unlike any other her works evoke universal qualities of power and vulnerability, compassion, and forward movement.
Over the last three years Donna has been profiled in Riding Magazine; Horse Times Magazine of Cairo, Egypt; Fine Magazine, CA, and Ex Arte Equinus, a book of International Equine Fine Art. She was invited to exhibit in the Art Idaho Biennial Juried Show at the Art Museum of Eastern Idaho. Her paintings have graced wine labels in support of the American Mustang. She also had the most unique experience of painting with a retired racehorse, whose work also raises funds for Thoroughbreds off the track. This feature was carried on WGN in Chicago, the Baltimore Sun, the Huffington Post, MSN and Cavallo Magazine in Italy. Details and links to all of these accomplishments can be found in detail in the Press section.
Largely self-taught Donna has studied privately with such artists as international painter Robert Dash, contemporary abstractionist Christine Raymond, and modern metal sculpturist Sue Latta. She refined her sculptural technique at the Boise Art Museum. A number of these pieces have been placed in permanent collections. Her sculptures are as unique and visionary as her paintings.
Donna’s works 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.