Donna Horn is an Atlanta-based painter working in abstract imagery. She earned a BFA from Georgia State University, and an AB in fine art from Muhlenberg College. Donna participated for two years in the Fine Arts Atelier of NYC painter Michael David. During the past four years, she has continued study and mentorship with Lisa Pressman, also a New York area artist. Her work has been shown at Bill Lowe, Swan Coach, Spruill, and IDEA galleries. While an active member of the Women's Caucus for Art, Georgia chapter, she exhibited regularly in juried and annual member shows. She also served on their Executive Board. She is currently a member of the Georgia Chapter of the Museum of Women in the Arts. In 2013, Donna was honored with a two-week residency at the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts & Sciences in Rabin Gap, Ga. In 2022, she was awarded a weeklong residency at Wildacres Retreat Center in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina.
My work explores my personal relationship with painting as it evolves from landscape-inspired images into abstraction. Working abstractly facilitates freedom of artistic expression that has taken many years to achieve. I reduced my paintings to shapes, lines, marks, and gestures, removing notions of "landscape." However, elements still emerge at times that suggest geography, maps, and routes, often in playful, whimsical ways. Color plays a key compositional role in my painting. I work intuitively with oil, cold wax, and pigment sticks to build layers, often scraping or sanding them back. This process creates a history in the paintings that conceals and reveals what is underneath, much the way we hide and expose parts of ourselves to the outside world. The physicality of the oil paint lends itself to making textures. I am drawn to creating a varied surface: from thick to thin, smooth to rough, and simple to complex. Beyond painting, I also experiment with drawing materials and techniques.