As a contemporary painter with deep roots in landscape, I'm interested in places we are drawn to in our lives and stories that belong to these places. Color, texture, form and line are layered references to time, place and events in my work. My paintings blend elements of landscape with abstraction as a means to create visual poetry. 


January 2020


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 off 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 and print media in New York. She received her B.A. degree from the University of Minnesota in Visual Art and Complementary Healthcare. She is art curator for University of Minnesota Physicians, Mill City Clinic Gallery, an integrative community clinic in Minneapolis.


Paintings by Donna Bruni are held in public and private collections throughout the United States including; University of Minnesota, 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