Artist Statement


My work reflects temporal elements in our environment — weather, seasons, air, water, sky, land, light. As a contemporary painter with deep roots in landscape, weather is both a daily meditation and metaphorical language for shared experience. Color, energy and emotion are the foundation of my visual style and intuitive process. I love the fluid materiality of oil paint and the process of transforming two-dimensional surfaces into dynamic, layered compositions through interaction of color, form and line. My paintings blend elements of nature with abstraction as a means to create visual poetry.  


 Brief Bio


American painter, Donna Bruni, creates abstract oil paintings that reference places known, remembered or imagined, suspended within layered surfaces of color. Atmospheric and elemental, her paintings are inspired by form and flux of urban and natural environments. Conceptually, her canvases focus on perception of time and space, looking at transitions, boundaries, edges and sense of place through the painting process. 


Donna Bruni grew up in Yardley, Pennsylvania, spending summers on the Atlantic coast with her family. She studied art and design at Endicott College and the School of Visual Arts in New York. She began a career in the arts working as a graphic designer in New York in the pre-digital age of publishing. She holds a B.A. Degree from the University of Minnesota in Visual Art and Healing.


Bruni's oil paintings are held in private and public collections throughout the United States, including: Hotel Ivy, Otto Bremer Foundation, PNC Bank, Boynton Health Services, University of Minnesota, HealthPartners Neuroscience Center, Birch Cove Group Ltd. and Winslow Capitol Management. She is represented by Douglas Flanders and Associates, MInneapolis, Minnesota and Gardner Colby Gallery, Naples, Florida. 


Her work has appeared in American Art Collector, Studio Visit, Vol. 17, American Artist, The Painting Center Registry, Art in the Embassies and many local publications. She lives and works in Minneapolis, Minnesota.