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Living in McCall, Idaho, Donna finds no end to the source of inspiration for her art; she is surrounded by horses and their spirit. She is also surropunded by the magnificent beauty of natural surroundings, elegant horizons, unending skies. These have inspired her most recent works, elemental landscapes and abstracts in classic oils.

Donna Bernstein creates highly expressive contemporary equine art in asian-inspired inks, acrylic canvases, bronze sculptures. Her current large-scale series “Cave Paintings” honors the original cave artists and their own primal fascination with the equine form. The first of these, “Blue Cloud”, was featured in the Official Program of Equitana Brisbane, Australia, 2002.
“Buck” is a celebrated bronze created for the internationally-acclaimed Therapeutic Riding Program of The National Ability Center in Park City, Utah, and was featured in “Equine Vision” magazine in September, 2001. Available in a Limited Edition of 8, the 1st of these is in the Permanent Collection of the NAC.
The abstract “Purple Paint” was designed as commemorative art of the Western Idaho Horse Fair, February, 2000. The work was reproduced on posters and T-shirts, which Ms. Bernstein was available to sign during the three-day event, as well as utilized throughout their promotional campaign.
She also created a piece of two-dimensional art for the American West 4-D Barrel Racing Series, held in Blackfoot, Idaho, June, 2000. It is the largest event of its kind in the state.
Her series “Year of the Horse – 2002” was inspired by the Chinese Astrological Year of the Horse, and honors the ink and watercolor style often used to depict the horse, so popular in that culture. These pieces are also available as Signed Giclee Prints, in Limited Editions of 80 only. Contact Donna for prices and details.
She has contributed pieces annually to the Idaho Foodbank "Artists Against Hunger" Auctions, presented by Hewlett-Packard, and held at the Idaho Historical Museum.
Two of her earlier watercolor pieces, “Joy” and “Courage”, which were part of the inspiration for her “Year of the Horse” Series, are in the Permanent Collection of the St. Luke’s Wood River Valley Memorial Hospital in Sun Valley, Idaho, USA.