Studio 73 - Donna Barnhill

Category / Medium:  Paintings / Drawings:  Acrylic, Oil, Watercolor 

Favorite Nearby Restaurant: Harry's Roadhouse   

I am an abstract Realist, Colorist and Plein Air Painter.  Born in Western New York state, I spent my childhood growing up in the dusty plains of Southeast New Mexico where I gained an early appreciation of the unique magical beauty of the desert light.  I have longed to live in northern New Mexico since I was young so that I could be surrounded and immersed in artistic creativity.  Life had other plans as my career took me to various locales in Texas for the next twenty eight years. Empty nesterdom allowed me to return to New Mexico in 2013. Since then, I have been working mostly with oil and acrylics and focusing on painting both in my studio and plein air. I work in landscapes, structures and abstract forms.  I particularly love to paint old traditional structures when I venture out to paint. 

I have no artsy words to describe why I paint.  It is an enjoyable itch that I have to continually scratch. I love the sun and the high desert and that special ambience that only New Mexico can offer.