Donna Lewinter [RA 2019]


First name: Donna ;
Middle name:
Last name:
Lewinter ;

Member: Resident artist member ; 
2019 ;
n/a ;



For the past thirty years I have devoted myself to the practice of psychiatry, a career which has felt like a calling, and to raising my two children. In mid-life, I found myself inexplicably returning to an early childhood passion—drawing. I decided to try out oil painting by taking a plein air workshop in Vermont taught by Thomas Torak, a faculty member of the Art Students League of NY. Tom was an extremely encouraging teacher with invaluable words of wisdom: ”Paint what excites you.” I fell in love that summer with plein air painting as it allowed me to express my deep emotional response to nature and to the beauty of the pastoral landscape of New England with a paintbrush. This experience dramatically changed my life.

From that point on I have thrown myself into the study and practice of landscape oil painting. I have been primarily influenced by the American tonalists with their moody depiction of the transitional times of day, as well as their soft palettes and gentle rendering of light and atmosphere. Among the tonalists I have been most influenced by are J. Francis Murphy, Isaac Levitan and George Inness.

One of the main inspirations for my work has been the landscape of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. This open, expansive and underdeveloped region evokes in me a feeling of remoteness and tranquility that I seek to capture in my work.

Juried Exhibitions and Honors
NOAP’S 2022 “Best of America Small Works Exhibit, Beverly McNeil Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama, April 28-May 27, 2022
American Impressionist Society’s Associate Member’s Annual Online Exhibition April 30-June 30, 2022
American Impressionist Society’s 2nd Annual Online Exhibition, October-December 2021
NOAPS 2021” Best of America” National Juried Exhibition, Dana Gallery, Missoula, MT, 2021
Bryan Memorial Art Gallery “Land & Light & Water & Air” Juried Exhibition, Jeffersonville, VT, 2021
2021 FAV 15% Boldbrush Contest June and July, 2021
Featured Artist @landscapetoday, a curated instagram page featuring contemporary landscape painters, June, 2021, February, 2021, and November, 2020
NOAPS “Best of America Small Works” National Juried Exhibition, Principle Gallery, Charleston, SC, 2021
5th Annual AIS Impressions Small Works Showcase, Reinert Gallery, Charleston. SC, 2021
Historic Annual “Black & White” Exhibition, The Salmagundi Club, New York, NY, 2021
Salmagundi 112th Annual “Thumb-Box” Exhibition,The Salmagundi Art Club, New York, NY, 2020
Salmagundi Club Annual Members’ Fall Exhibition, The Salmagundi Art Club, New York, NY, 2020
Montclair Art Museum “Personal Landscapes” Exhibition, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ, 2020
Oil Painters of America’s 2020 Virtual Salon Show, 2020
BoldBrush “Regram” Winner, 2020
SCNY “Christmas in July Thumb- Box” Online Exhibition, 2020
Salmagundi Club “View Out My Window” Online Exhibition, 2020
Salmagundi Club Annual Members’ Online Exhibition, 2020
Salmagundi Club “Black & White” Exhibition, The Salmagundi Club, New York, NY, 2020
Salmagundi Club “Land and Sea” Exhibition, The Salmagundi Club, New York, NY, 2020
Salmagundi 111th Annual “Thumb-Box” Exhibition,The Salmagundi Club, New York, NY, 2019
Artist Member, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
Oil Painters of America
The National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society
American Impressionist Society
Bryan Memorial Gallery, Jeffersonville, VT
New Jersey Plein Air Painters





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