I'm interested in places we are drawn to in our lives and stories that belong to these places. They are reference points for me at various stages of the painting process. My paintings blend elements of landscape with abstraction as a means to create visual poetry. 


American painter, Donna Bruni is known for creating atmospheric paintings with broad, richly layered planes of color. Her compositions are based on form and flux of natural environments. Influenced by travel and diverse landscape memory, her work investigates sense of place, ideology of home and geography of identity, within the parameters of painting. Daily observation of light, air, water, wind, earth, sky, seasons and life cycles become contextual elements for her meditative works on canvas. The process involves applying and mixing oil pigment directly on canvas with palette knife, building layers, scraping or brushing out areas to expose details beneath the surface.  


Born in New Jersey, Donna Bruni grew up in Yardley, Pennsylvania, spending summers along the Atlantic coast with her family. She studied art and design at Endicott College and began a career in graphic design in New York. She attended the School of Visual Arts to study graphic design with Milton Glaser. She received her B.A. from the University of Minnesota in Visual Art & Complementary Healthcare. She is curator for UMPhysicians, Mill City Clinic Gallery in Minneapolis, integrating art in the healing environment through three visual arts exhibitions per year.  


Paintings by Donna Bruni are held in public and private collections including: Northland Community College, Hotel Ivy, PNC Financial Services, Birch Cove Group Ltd, Boynton Health Services, UM Physicians Mill City Clinic, HealthPartners Neuroscience Center, Otto Bremer Foundation.



Photo: Natalie Jennings Photography