Studio jewelry was Donna's first love, but being a studio jeweler was not her first profession. As a teenager she collected art jewelry. Traveling alone from her quiet Mt. Vernon, NY neighborhood to Manhattan’s once edgy streets in Harlem and Greenwich Village she sought out design-forward jewelry. After careers in academia, business and international humanitarian aid she began making the jewelry full time.
Most of Donna's training came from master artisans: Jiwon Han, Bernard Bernstein, Janice Gryxb and Michael Good at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan. She has also studied at the State University of New York in New Paltz.
"The forms and textures in my collections are inspired by the fine art and craft I’ve seen throughout the USA, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Sterling silver and gold are the primary metals I use. Evocative shapes and forms and marrying pure metals are my favorite ways to design and fabricate. All gemstones are precious, but I particularly enjoy using unusual stones in my work. My jewelry is handmade and either one-of-a-kind or cast into very limited quantities. All of it is designed with the hope that the wearer will feel pleasure each time it is worn."