She also showed an aptitude for teaching painting technique and students began asking that she give regular classes. In the fall of 1990 she decided to return to the west, re-discovering her roots and finding new challenges in the mountainous landscape of British Columbia. As well as exhibiting in many regional venues, she also opened a gallery of her own on Hornby Island, B.C. which over the years became a favourite destination of many an avid west coast art collector.
Her art classes became increasingly popular and in the 1990's she began teaching in Mexico, a country with which she was becoming increasingly familiar, having first visited the charming, colonial era town of San Miguel de Allende in 1970. In 2005 she decided to make Mexico her permanent home and now resides full time, dividing her time between San Miguel in summer, and the Pacific coast, north of Puerto Vallarta, in winter. She finds the climate to be perfect for a plein air painter like herself and the light, people and color of Mexico provide endless inspiration.
Donna has studied with some very accomplished professionals over the years, the most notable among them, Alvaro Castagnet of watercolor fame and the
well-known modern masters of oil and plein air, Carol Marine and Kevin Macpherson.
In San Miguel de Allende, Donna’s paintings are sold exclusively through Galeria San Francisco (#1 San Francisco). Her work can be found in literally hundreds of collections worldwide.
Donna's paintings in Puerto Vallarta are sold through Galleria Dante, in Old Town.