Donna Lee Nyzio

Donna is a representational oil painter living and painting in the coastal town of Beaufort, NC. In 2016, she was determined that life is too short not to paint. So she cleared her schedule and began to focus on the study of painting with emphasis on coastal subjects around Beaufort. “I enjoy simplifying complex designs into simple patterns and shapes, hoping to create a moment in time that seems to last forever but could also disappear in an instant.”

After earning a BFA from Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, PA, Donna continued to refine her skills with workshops taught by instructors who share her love of realism. But most of all, she learned more about painting by painting more.

In addition to receiving a 2017 North Carolina Regional project grant, Donna is the Artist in Residence for the Friends of the North Carolina Maritime Museum and the Friends of the Kit Jones in Darien, GA and a Fellow with Clark Hulings Fund Program.

Professional Memberships include the American Society of Maritime Artists, Oil Painters of America, and American Women Artists. She is a Fellow of the Clark Hulings Fund and the 2017 Resident Artist for the Friends of the NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort, NC.

She has been in national juried shows including; the 37th and 38th Annual International Marine Art Exhibitions at the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic, CT; Salmagundi Club, New York, NY, Non-Members Show, 24th Annual Maritime Art Exhibition, Coos Bay Oregon, 11th Biennial National Art Exhibition, Punta Gorda Florida, Laumeister Fine Art Competition, Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington VT, and the Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art.

Donna’s paintings can be seen in Atlanta at the Lagerquist Gallery, the I.Pinkney Simons Gallery in Beaufort, SC, The Annapolis Marine Art Gallery, Annapolis, MD, The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic, CT, and at Ballantyne’s in New Bern, NC.