Native Southern Californian, Donna Bates lives and paints in Los Angeles CA. Her years of experience as a commercial illustrator and 3D Artist for over 20 years has evolved into a career in painting.  She is a self-taught artist that is known for her urban, edgy, realistic style of strong independent women or “Bad Ass Chicks”.      

Art and being a creative have dominated Donna Bates' life who started drawing as soon as she could pick up a pencil.  As with so many creative people, Donna wanted to do it all.  Although art was always her driving force, she started playing drums when she was 16 and played in numerous bands.  Touring Viet Nam in a USO Show during the war with an all-girl band to playing with bands in the early LA Punk scene in the late 70's and early 80's.  She then transitioned into computers in the early '90s, being one of very few women who entered the male-dominated 3d Animation/VFX field.  She went on to be one of the only women to teach CG Modeling at Gnomon School of VFX. 

In the last two years Donna has participated in numerous shows, including the prestigious "Women Painting Women" Show at RJD Gallery in the Hamptons and had 3 paintings in the “Woman as Warrior” show at Zhou B Art Center in Chicago curated by Poets Artists Magazine.  HBO's show  "Insecure" is using two of her paintings in it's upcoming Season 3.  She recently had a solo show at Gabba Gallery in Los Angeles.  She has been featured in Poets Artists Magazine’s “Figurative Painters of 2016”,” Male Muse”, “The Portrait”, “The New Feminist”, “Woman as Warrior” and “50 Great Figurative Artworks of 2017” issues.  She garnered a six-page spread in Poets Artists “PA 10 Year Anniversary” issue and will also be featured in Poets Artists Magazine’s “Visions of Venus” issue and exhibit at Zhou B Art Center, curated by Dr. Elaine Schmidt of the Bennett Collection and opening April 2018.