"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, influencing color, composition, movement and form. 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 and urban environments. Influenced by beauty and mystique of coastal regions and diverse landscape memory, her work investigates sense of place, ideology of home and geography of identity. 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 large canvases with a palette knife, building depth in layers, then scraping, lifting or brushing out areas to reveal detail beneath the surface.
Born at Fort Dix, 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, Beverly, MA and the School of Visual Arts, NY, NY and began a career in graphic design in New York. She received her BA degree from the University of Minnesota, where she studied Visual Art and Integrative Healthcare Practices. She is art curator at University of Minnesota Physicians, Mill City Clinic in Minneapolis, an integrative medical clinic showcasing the work of Minnesota artists.
Her paintings have been exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the United States and acquired by many public and private collectors. She is represented by Gardner Colby Gallery, Naples, Florida and Douglas Flanders & Associates, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Photography: Natalie Jennings Photography, Minneapolis, Minnesota