About: Donna Sallee
Art enthusiasts who are familiar with Donna’s work consider her to be Florida’s most versatile fine artist. “The intersection of colors and patterns that surround us are my inspiration,” she says. Donna’s keen sense and appreciation of nature has given her the insight to interpret that vision on her canvas.
Her several thousand commissions span the America continent and cross the seas. She is known for her elaborate and colorful murals and paintings. Her work beautifies palatial homes in South Florida and yachts on the high seas. Her credits include the art at Aruba Beach Café, the wall of bamboo in the Village Grill Sushi Bar, the lobby of the beachfront High Noon Hotel, all in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea; a major artistic role in the restoration of 4 stories and the ceiling of the historic Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts in Miami (her art at the Gusman is presently displayed on their website), the Coral Gables old city hall dome and the dome clouds in the historic Westin Colonnade Hotel also in Coral Gables. She is the artist commissioned by Pompano Proud to enhance the Pompano Beach branch library and subsequently to commemorate the historic Hillsboro Lighthouse on the site of the Lighthouse Museum at the inlet.
Donna has designed and painted expansive murals for mega-yachts. Her works have been featured in national and international magazines, including ShowBoats International and Haute Living. Her art was the centerpiece for an entire season on the TV show, Below Deck, where her mural was the dramatic focal point in the megayacht's grand salon.
Donna works across mediums in oil, pastels, and acrylics and has received numerous exhibition honors. The broad span of her talent extends from the softness of a child done in pastels, to a lush rain forest spanning 3 decks of the master staircase of a mega-yacht, from the boisterous gusto of a Tuscan entourage to the whimsy of a simple bench transformed into a spring garden. For more than 50 years she has developed, refined and reinvented the techniques that make her works unique.
Originally from New England, Sallee had her first one-person show at age 12 and refined her talents at Paier College of Art in Connecticut, where she graduated with honors.
Donna is an active member of The National League of American Pen Woman and a director of the Fort Lauderdale branch. She is also a member of Artserve, Inc.
Donna creates her art in her seaside studio in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea.
Donna hard at work completing murals for a 200’ custom Yacht.