Profile: Donna Nyzio
The reflective paintings of Donna Nyzio invite us into her world—the coastlines of the Eastern United States. She travels the back roads of North Carolina to find the scenes that inspire her atmospheric images. Her works welcome us into those places where ocean meets land and where the serenity and beauty of nature combine with the rugged, age-old occupation of commercial fishing. We asked Nyzio to write to us about her beginnings, her recent leap into being a full-time professional artist and her aspirations for her work in the future.
I decided to become a professional artist in January 2016—only a few years ago. I spent a lot of time doing a lot of things, but not painting, at least not for others to view. I was painting to provide a counter balance to my “real” job. I worked very technically, privately, and I am quite sure, the quietness found in many of my paintings was the balance from reality. Several roads converged for me to make the decision to paint professionally. Sure, I wish I had made the decision earlier, but I would have missed out on many adventures.
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