Donyale is originally from Tampa, Florida, and moved to Chattanooga 7 years ago. Her background is theatre, and she graduated from the American Musical & Dramatic Academy in New York City in 1988.
After leaving NYC, she attended the University of South Florida and graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Education. Donyale spent many years as a commercial television actress and then spent 10 years homeschooling her four sons.
Donyale has no formal art training or study. Rather, she was encouraged by an artist friend to put some paint on a canvas and see what might happen. She has been painting ever since!
I often get asked about my process for creating a piece. My process is the process. Color and movement are the two most influential elements in painting for me. I will generally consider a canvas for a long time and then do the same with a big pile of paints. Eventually, one or two colors will shout out to me and tell me how they want to be on the canvas.