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Donne Bitner graduated with honors from Pennsylvania State University and has been a full-time studio artist for the last 30 years. She recently retired as a senior faculty instructor at Crealde School of Art in Watercolor, Drawing, and Painting after 20 years.


Donne maintains a studio at McRae Art Studio in Orlando, Florida. Her work is exhibited in museum shows and gallery exhibitions throughout the United States and has appeared in a variety of publications including American Artist Watercolor Magazine, International Artist, and Watercolor Magic.

Donne's artwork can be found in the collections of the Huntsville Museum of Art, Springfield Art Museum, Gulf Coast Center for the Arts, Vero Beach Center for the Arts, Daytona Beach Museum of Arts and Sciences, Maitland Museum of Art, Rollins College, State of Florida Capital Collection, Holmes Medical Center, Cape Canaveral Hospital, Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, and the cities of Atlanta, Orlando, and Melbourne.

She is a signature member of both the National Watercolor Society and Florida Watercolor Society and a member of the Watercolor USA Honor Society.


Donne was bestowed the great honor of receiving The Florida Individual Artist Fellowship grant. She was also awarded three Professional Development Grants from United Arts of Central Florida.


Donne won Best of Show for the 2006 Winter Park Autumn Art Festival. Morris Mitchell, from the Ringling Museum of Art who was a judge at the Winter Park Autumn Art Festival wrote, "Talent and creativity are not the same.  You can teach someone to draw but not to be creative.  Creativity is when the magic happens." 


Donne won Best of Show for the 2006 Mount Dora Arts Festival. The judges comment that, "Donne Bitner's work is complex. The images are layered with textures that mesh to give her works a unique voice which makes its own statement. This subtle quality is reflected not only in the chosen work but also in all the works in her booth. Her visual strength is beautifully connected to the best of contemporary art."

Over a 20 year career participating in art festivals, Donne was awarded seven Best of Show awards.


"My new body of work incorporates monotypes, oil pastel, oil stick, charcoal, and acrylic paint. Although subject matter will vary, my intent is to follow the mark - to layer and strip away and find the hidden texture and meaning of a piece. It's painting by discovery." - Donne Biter

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