Donna Benson from Washington Island, Wisconsin, has been painting since 1976 and specializes in the folk arts of Norway and Sweden. She has studied extensively over the years with many Norwegian and Swedish artists. A Gold Medalist since 1997, Donna teaches throughout the United States and recently in Japan. She judges rosemaling competitions and has given presentations at cultural centers and museums. Her work is part of the permanent collections of several museums and is in private collections worldwide. She is currently president of the Illinois Norsk Rosemalers Association.