Donna Bates Bio


Native Southern Californian, Donna Bates years of experience as a commercial illustrator, 3D Artist and teacher for over 20 years has evolved into a career in painting. She is a self-taught artist that is known for her own mash-up of urban, tough-chic, edgy and fresh style.


She has exhibited in various group shows through RJD Gallery, Rehs Contemporary Galleries, 33 Contemporary Gallery and Zhou B. Art Center.  She was a featured artist in a four woman show at Annenberg Beach House, Santa Monica and had two paintings on HBO's show “Insecure”.   Her work has been in the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art's "Painting the Figure Now 2018" co-curated with PoetArtists and was a finalist in their International Biennial Portrait Competition. She was also a finalist in ARC Salon 14.


Her work has been published with PoetsArtists, Klassik International Magazine, The Argonaut Magazine and Sag harbor Express.


She has work that is part of the Bennett Collection and works in various other private collections.