Donna Pacinelli studied at Tyler School of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. From 1980-1990 she worked as a book illustrator for such prestigious firms as Hearst Publishing and Walker Books in NYC and David Godine in Boston MA, and was an editorial illustrator for Philadelphia Magazine.
From 1990-2000 she was employed at Marywood University in Scranton PA and Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art in Dover NJ. where she taught courses in Color, Illustration and Advanced Problems in Visual Communication. She also developed two new courses entitled The Business of Art and Visual Concepts.
Since 2009, she has devoted her time to creating works based on observations from nature. Her paintings are in numerous public and private collections including Hearst Publishing, Esseff Foundation for the Arts and Binney and Smith Corporation. Her work and has been exhibited worldwide, including Tagasaki Art Center JAPAN, the Everhardt Museum in PA and at the The International Sculpture Conference in Philadelphia.
She has also authored and edited textbooks for International Correspondence Schools Inc. and feature articles for The Artists Magazine and Raw Vision Magazine.