Donna L. Woodley

Donna Woodley is a visual artist whose works primarily discuss the relationship between Black culture and American culture. The figure in her paintings is confrontational towards the visibility and value of black people within American society, both historically and in a contemporary context. The exploration of human connection and the importance of every individual’s story is what primarily represents the themes of Donna’s work. A significant part of her process involves the enlistment of men and women that she knows, including herself. This allows her to evaluate the complexity of human emotions and relationships and to render the figure accordingly. Informed by stereotypes, cultural similarities and differences, perceptions of beauty, mental health, and esteem, Donna’s work often uses subtle humor to create an environment conducive to healthy dialogue. She currently resides in Nashville, TN, where she maintains her practice and is an educator of art.