Donnel Barnum Artist.

Artist Statement

My aim in my art is to create a quiet, peaceful place for the viewer to enjoy. My subject matter originates from sundrenched fields and beaches. I am fascinated with simple structures and their relationship within a landscape, and in most of my canvases, a small barn appears, a symbol of warmth, shelter and harvest.

When I paint, oil is my medium and my fingers are my tools with which I simplify and capture the landscape and light. Color is one of the primary components in my work. I carry my palette in my head and start to mix colors as I stumble upon an incredible view.

I have been drawing and painting since childhood, nurtured and supported by my family. As an adult I am fortunate to be able to use my art skills daily as a professional Illustrator and Painter.


A 1983 graduate of Syracuse University, where she studied illustration and painting, Donnel Barnum has worked as a professional Illustrator and Painter for 27 years. She lives in southern Vermont surrounded by the landscapes that are reflected in her work.

 Donnel’s oil paintings combine simple landscapes with a contemporary feeling of color and light. Her paintings have been in exhibitions throughout southern Vermont. The artist is a member of the Southern Vermont Art Center.


Rhode Island School of Design, 1979-1981

Syracuse University, BFA, 1982-1983

River Gallery School, 2000-2005

Studied with John Leavy, 2002


Selected Group Exhibitions

Three Pears Gallery, Dorset, VT 2012-2015

Modern Boutique, Surf City, NJ 2014-2015

Gallery 1603, Surf City, NJ 2012-2013

Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester, VT, 2003-2015

Garden Gallery, Londonderry, VT, 2002-2010

Kaos Gallery, Wilmington, VT, 2003-2006

Windham Art Gallery, Brattleboro, VT, 2002-2006

River Gallery School, Brattleboro, VT, 2000-2003

Chaffee Center for the Arts, Rutland, VT 2002-2005

North End Trilogy, Barnegat Light, NJ, 2002-2009

Jane Law Gallery, Surf City, NJ, 2002


Corporate Collections

The Vermont Country Store, Manchester Center, VT



Covers for The Vermont Country Store Catalogues 1986-2015

Art in New England, by Diana Lischer-Goodband, December/January 2003

Cover Art for Weston Playhouse bill and poster, 2001