Donna M. Mankus

My purpose as an artist is to capture the essence of what I see and translate that into something that the viewer can also experience. My paintings represent not only actual landscapes but also unique experiences. When I paint there are no distractions. I am in a state of intense concentration on the present.  This gives me a sense of timelessness; there is only the now. While painting there is nothing in the world for me but the views, canvas, paint, and the brushes in front of me. This experience of creating a painting is separate for me from seeing how the finished piece turns out. I want to capture the essence of what I see and translate that essence into something that the viewer can also experience. 

My studies began in Pennsylvania at a very young age. After moving to San Francisco in 1980 my fortune took me to studying under Paul Pratchenko, Robert Bechtle, and Jamie Brunson. My home is now Maggie Valley, NC in the beautiful Smoky Mountains.

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