Donna Nelson Barnhill
Santa Fe Artist
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 and 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 and I have since returned to New Mexico full time. I was honored to be invited to be part of the inaugural Artist In Residence Pilot Program at Ghost Ranch. I work in all mediums and focus on painting both in my studio and plein air. My work focuses on landscapes, structures and abstract forms. I particularly love to paint old traditional structures when I venture out to paint. I love the sun and the high desert and the special ambience that only New Mexico can offer.
I am recently been involved with Plein Air Painting in South Florida the last few years. Ocean breezes, marshy waters and lots of family! What's not to love. Check out my Florida paintings here online and various shows and exhibits around South Florida.