Donna Hartley

d.t.hartley (Donna Hartley) is a native of San Francisco. Having been a Navy wife for the first 15 years she has lived and painted in such wide ranging places as Iceland, Hawaii and then Colorado since 1983. Now she is painting from landscape photographs she’s taken.

Art classes began formally in high school and then were repeated in two different colleges in two different decades. The emphasis was on classes in art history of the western world which helps to understand what goes on in the art world. It also helped with adaptability for the different landscapes she painted along the way. Volcanos in Iceland, seascapes in Hawaii, indigent animal life and finally mountains and landscapes in Colorado were painted over the years. Just occasionally she’s painted people.

d.t.hartley has painted the large mural in the RnR Coffee Cafe in Black Forest, three very large murals in the Black Forest Lutheran Church (one of the Rockies, one of an African Savannah and one of the high Himalayas, all with native animal life). She has also worked in private homes locally.

In Colorado she began painting on wood, some pieces being complete with rough bark left on the outer finish. She has displayed in Manitou and Old Colorado City at different times.

Donna’s goal is painting the subjects people love and want in this part of the world. Keeping it affordable and having fun doing it all. She still takes classes as there is “always something to learn.”

Donna can be reached at or 719-495-1251

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