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Donna McLeod Balsan was trained at NYU Tisch School of Arts in 1980. She worked in the textile industry in NYC. Then married French independent film producer, Humbert Balsan and moved to France where she lived for the next 25 years. She was trained at Institut Superior de Peinture Decoratif/ Paris, specializing in Trompe l’oeil, faux marbre/bois, patinas and murals. She worked on decorative painting projects all-over France, US and Europe in hotels, chateaux, private homes and apartments and film sets.
She moved to Aix en Provence in 1995 where she was deeply influenced by fauve landscapes of painters working in Colliore (South of France) in the beginning of the 20th C. She studied at L’Atelier Libre with a Paris Beaux Art trained painter in Aix en Provence. She has exhibited in Aix en Provence and the United States. The colors, vibrancy and texture of the pastels show the strong influence of Provence in Donna's work.