Donna M. Landau is a prolific artist whose work is found in many homes in South Carolina's Upstate. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Art Education from the State University of New York, College at New Paltz.
For the past twenty-three years, Mrs. Landau has drawn or painted hundreds of portraits. She is often found at area festivals and craft shows drawing portraits in pencil. She frequently accepts commissions to paint portraits in oil or pastel and often does paintings of homes in watercolor.
She is well known for her many murals in public buildings and schools, most notably Reidville Elementary in Reidville, South Carolina and Byrnes High in Duncan, South Carolina. Most of the murals contain actual likenesses of people. A recent mural in a private home depicts a five-year-old girl and her baby brother as fairies in a garden.
As a member of the Baha’i Faith, Landau gets her inspiration from its teaching that "work is worship". “...when thy fingers grasp the paintbrush, it is as if thou wert at prayer...” She finds that the closest thing to heaven for her is to set out for a day of painting in nature. Her favorite subjects include the area mountains, local peach orchards in bloom, and the flowers in her yard.
Mrs. Landau teaches private drawing classes for children and has a small frame shop in her studio. She lives with her husband and family in a circa 1885 plantation house near Reidville, South Carolina.