Donna McGinnis was born in Spokane, Washington. She took her B.A. in Fine Art at Washington State University in l963. For nearly 40 years, she has worked equally well in pencils, oil pastels, soft pastels, watercolors, acrylics and oils. She has received many awards and grants, including the Grumbacher Art Award, the Marin Art’s Council Artist’s Grant and has had many solo shows in California and participated in as many group shows throughout the Western states.