Donna Horn is an oil painter whose journey has culminated in her focus on abstraction. Initially, and for a number of years, she drew inspiration for her work in landscape imagery from her travels, as well as familiar locales. Straddling the line between representation and abstraction, improvising color, and acquiring a painterly surface are the ways she manifested her unique vision. It was just a matter of time before her connection to subject matter gave way to a freer expression that relies on more formal aspects of art-making: color combinations, organic shapes, a personal vocabulary of marks and gestural lines.
Donna grew up in suburban Philadelphia. As a child, she spent many happy hours drawing. She recalls that a large chalkboard and a set of watercolors were among her favorite holiday gifts. She attended Muhlenberg College, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree. A move to the South along with a departure from the corporate world led her back to the practice of art. She earned a BFA degree from Georgia State University. Traveling to Italy, home of her ancestors, she experienced a country filled with beauty and a deep appreciation for art. It moved her to pursue her painting practice in earnest.
In 2011, Donna joined New York artist Michael David’s Atlanta atelier, The Fine Arts Workshop. The group’s exhibition at Lowe Gallery, The Irascible Muse: A Coming of Age and Fried Green Tomatoes, highlighted the work of emerging women artists. Donna’s paintings have been exhibited at Bill Lowe, Swan Coach, Spruill, and Georgia State University Perimeter galleries. She has had pieces selected for numerous juried shows, including ones at Cobb Marietta Museum, Brenau University, and Abernathy Arts center.
In 2013, she was honored to be selected for a two-week residency at the Hambidge Center for Arts and Sciences in Rabun, GA. As an executive board member of the Women’s Caucus for Art of Georgia, she helped to advance local professional women in the arts, identifying venues for exhibitions.