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..

If I can create a feeling of serenity, humanity, or a luminous atmosphere, then I feel my painting is a success.” Donna’s work emphasizes big shapes, often simplified from piles of chaos. Painting with a combination of thick and thin paint, the focus is on motion, light, atmosphere. Primarily, she is a studio painter, but also paints en Plein Aire, imcorporating the two.

Donna was born on the Rhode Island coast, but has lived along the eastern seaboard. “I am not a sailor or a fisherman, nor do I build boats, but I know people who do and consistently find myself in this environment. Whether its the movement of the water, the smell of the air, or the subject matter found in the coastal region, I find I am constantly drawn to its rhythms.”

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.

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.

In addition to receiving a 2017 North Carolina Regional project grant, Donna has participated in many national juried shows including; the 37th Annual International Marine Art Exhibition at the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT; Salmagundi Club, New York, NY, Non-Members Show, and the GreenHill Center for North Carolina Art.

Donna’s paintings can be seen in Atlanta at the Lagerquist Gallery, in Portsmouth, Virginia at Skipjack Nautical Wares, The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT and at Ballantyne in New Bern, NC.