Classes + Reviews



2023 Virtual Artist Cohort: Artistic Practices (4 Zoom sessions)


Do you want to dive deeper into your art practice this year? Join the conversation; participants will find support, inspiration and insights through group discussions that address creative momentum, authenticity in art making and finding your audience. 

This series will take place completely over Zoom, link will be sent to you in advance. 

Register at


Session 1: February 9, 2023, 12 noon - 1:30pm

Session 2: February 16, 2023, 12 noon - 1:30pm

Session 3: February 23, 2023, 12 noon - 1:30pm

Session 4: March 2, 2023, 12 noon - 1:30pm


*Follow-up 1/2 hr. Individual session scheduled with participants



One to One In Studio Painting Sessions: Now scheduling for 2023

Individualized studio time; Private studio sessions; Developing your studio practice

2 hr. sessions, $175.00/ 3 sessions $500.00

Email to schedule.



Registration now open.



Spring 2023



One week Painting Workshop

Abstraction From Nature

June 5 - June 9, 2023

Grand Marais Art Colony, Grand Marais, Minnesota

Registration open January 2023






Artist Reviews + Responses



"I attended Donna's class at GMAC. It was so inspiring. Donna is a gifted, generous guide and helped nurture my painting practice. I see things differently now!"

Jane B., Minnetonka, MN


"Thank you for the support, push, advice and believing in my ability as an artist."

— Ruth S., Portland, OR


"I want to let you know what a spectacular time I had at the retreat...feels as though I've found an opening. Thank you for creating the space for that to happen." 

— Amanda H., Laguna, CA


"I so enjoyed your help with my shift to oils and that process, as well as all the other parts of the workshop, including the thought processes you outlined in the beginning and your encouragement along the way. "

– Lonnie K., Brainerd, MN 


"Donna is very intuitive and generous with her time and encouragement. She helped me figure out a way to explore and expand a series of work that was kind of stalled and the results were very satisfying." 

— Francene C., Dallas, TX


"There have been a few amazingly nurturing and breakthrough moments in my life as an artist. I would consider the year plus I spent at Studio 600 with Donna one of them. My abilities as an artist were stretched and honed." 

— Savita B., St. Paul, MN


"You have created a welcoming, supportive and enriching environment. Whatever group of painters is present a sense of community seems to develop. Thank you Donna for sharing your lovely creative space and your self so generously." 

— Vicky S., Bloomington, MN 


"Donna’s critiques are thoughtful, informative and encouraging. I feel her knowledge of painting and process is extensive, which she freely shares." 

 — Ron D., St. Paul, MN


"Donna's daily warm up lessons focus on expressing inner thoughts, experiences, and emotions with paint while encouraging each student to develop their own individual painting style." 

— Jane J., Hopkins, MN


"Working in Donna’s studio with her and the group has been a great experience for me and has enriched my whole approach to my art."

 — Larry R., Minneapolis, MN



Images Shown:

Beach Stones, series of 3, oil on panel, 12 x 12", ©2021, Bruni