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detail of self-portrait 1973
Detail of self-portrait

DONNA J. NEARY is a skilled artist whose exceptional and wide-ranging talent allows her to move easily between painting book and magazine covers, portraits, combat art, commercial illustration, children’s books, and complex historical paintings.

The artist’s paintings have graced the covers of well over 150 books and magazines including The Washington Post Magazine, The New Republic, Common Cause, the Naval Institute’s Proceedings, 25 covers of the Marine Corps Gazette, award-winning covers for both Regardie’s and Mortgage Banking Magazines, numerous history book and children’s book covers, as well as several record jackets, cassettes, and CD covers.

Illustrations by D. J. Neary appear in Time-Life Book’s Enchanted World book series and their Civil War book set Echoes of Glory, Boston Publishing’s popular Vietnam Experience series, and numerous history books. Her art has been published in magazines such as Washingtonian and Smithsonian, America’s Civil War, Military Heritage, and many other periodicals.

The 1994 Official White House Christmas Ornament displays a painting by Donna J. Neary, and her Civil War painting entitled “Even To Hell Itself” is the official painting for the North Anna Battlefield Park, near Richmond, Virginia. Her paintings were featured on the posters and program covers of the 2003 and the 2005 Hamilton International Tattoo in Ontario, Canada, and a number of her highly researched historical paintings have been published as limited edition prints.

Neary in Somalia 1993
Somalia 1993

For 24 years, Donna J. Neary served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve as a combat artist, receiving the Colonel John W. Thomason, Jr. Award, the Combat Correspondent’s Distinguished Performance Award, and two Navy Commendation Medals. Among her many assignments were those that sent her to the field in the remote mountains of South Korea, civil-war torn Somalia, and several assignments north of the Arctic Circle. Her art from Somalia was included in an exhibit in the Rotunda of the U.S. Senate Office Building in Washington D.C. soon after her return from that devastated country. She attained the rank of Colonel in 1999 and retired in 2002 with approximately 100 works of art in the Marine Corps Art Collection.

Heritage Studio Schoolhouse
Shenandoah Valley

Paintings by Ms. Neary hang in the Pentagon and the Commandant’s House in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Cavalry Museum, The U.S. Army Medical Museum, The National Museum of the Marine Corps and reside in the collections of The National Guard Bureau, The National Park Service, the Scots Guards, the Queen’s Own Highlanders, Regardie’s Magazine, The Marine Corps Association, the U.S. Marine Corps, and other public and private Collections in the U.S. and the United Kingdom.

Throughout the mid-1970s and early 1980s the artist maintained her studio at the renowned Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia. She currently lives and maintains her studio in a wonderful restored schoolhouse located in the beautiful and historic Shenandoah Valley.

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