Donna Smyth grew up in Florida where her days were spent at the horse pasture behind her home. After college, she lived for six years in in Zurich, Switzerland, traveling extensively throughout Europe and finding inspiration from the many major European museums she was able to visit.
Smyth resides in Southern California. Since 2012 she has attended Watts Atelier in Encinitas, California on a regular basis, taking classes for six years prior to weekly cooperative painting in studio with Jeff Watts.
When not in front of the easel, Smyth is an equestrian groom at White Horse Eventing, the training barn of her daughter Chloe, who is a professional athlete. She also keeps a couple of retired horses in her backyard, which she refers to as her muses.