Title: Horse of Another Color
54 x 54"
Weight: 12.0 lbs.
This contemporary painting of horses by Donna Bernstein is titled, "Horse of Another Color". Unframed, on gallery-wrapped canvas. Custom, natural wood floated-frame.
Mixed media acrylics and alkyd chalks.
From the Contemporary Equestrian Series, "Urban Equines".
c. 2006 Donna B Fine Art
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Donna Bernstein was born in New York, in 1954. Largely self-taught, she held a one-woman show in the lobby of a local theatre and sold three pieces. This early success fed a passion for her art. She studied privately with artist Robert Dash, in the art colony town of Nyack, New York, as well as at Hollins College in Virginia. Successful in real estate, advertising and publishing as an adult, she continued to draw and paint from life and her surroundings, supplemented with studies in Japanese ink work and brush techniques. In 1998 Donna and her husband moved to McCall, Idaho, and began marketing her art throughout the country. Working on technique at the Boise Art Museum she began sculpting, also focusing on the fine art of the horse. She now splits her time between McCall and a winter studio in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Collector comments: “Your art inspires thought." "Your art draws me in for a much deeper experience; every time I look I see more!” "Your art is full of vitality, energy, on the inside moving out."
Endlessly inspired by the equine, and by the subtle nuances of abstraction that evoke feeling, Donna's personal artistic blend and stylization creates art that is modern in structure, yet deeply intimate.
I have been told that my work is both inspirational and compelling; that it "draws the viewer in" and is "evocative and refreshing".
My technique combines mediums in new and regenerative ways; I use the art of drawing and the spirit of painting to experience the transition of complexity to simplicity and back again - this gives a feeling of movement, energy and life to my works. The inherent motion in this creative act is both guide and gift. I mix mediums, I mix metaphors, in the process of exposing my interior landscape through the form of the inspirational equine, formless color and intuition.
Much of my work is large and medium scale urban equestrian paintings, "Urban Equines". By that I mean the energy, beauty, and both modern and classic equine form expressed in purely contemporary terms. My pieces are at home in both formal collections as well as the large-scale spaces of modern design.
Donna has been inspired by the ancient cave paintings of Altamira and Lascaux; by Greek marble sculpture and form; and by Impressionist color - the scale and freedom of Monet. Classical influences most impacting her work are Rosa Bonheur, especially her definitive piece, "The Horse Fair"; Degas, Franz Marc and Picasso; Po Kim, Franz Kline, and Masatoyo Kishi.
The abstract expressionists Pollock, Frankenthaler and Mitchell, as well as the color field work of Mark Rothko. Georgia O’Keefe, the illustrator Paul Brown, and the daring metal works of Deborah Butterfield.
She has studied with such fine artists as Robert Dash, contemporary abstract painter Christine Raymond, and modernist mixed media sculptor Sue Latta.
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