Donna Gagnon


Meet Donna Gagnon

Donna Gagnon is an award winning artist with paintings in collections throughout the United States. Donna studied painting at Swain School and UMass Dartmouth. Gagnon has worked for printers, advertising agencies, and a civil engineering company. During this time she also played saxophone in area bands, taught dancing, and worked commercially on illustrations, logos, and designed hand carved signs. Her favorite creation remains her son Peter.

People, Places & Pets

After working in Boston area for 18 years, Donna moved back to New Bedford to take care of her aging parents. Donna soon retired and began painting again with well-known portrait artist, Deborah Macy, who encouraged her to exhibit with the Bierstadt Art Society, which Donna had helped found in the 1980s. Today she regularly exhibits at Gallery X. Her subjects are mainly, People, Places and Pets. With landscapes, Donna loves finding the dramatic light and shadow contrasts in search of Mother Nature's magic. In portraits of people and animals, Donna strives to catch the personality of her subjects.


  • First Place, Acrylics 2017 Umass Boston Senior Art Exhibit: Veterans Day Military Mascots 11 x 14"
  • Best in Show 2014 Bierstadt Art Society, Wamsutta Club: Hunter Island Sunset 16 x 20"
  • Third Place, Oils 2016 Umass Boston Senior Art Exhibit: Newport Fountain 8 x 10"