Donalee Peden Wesley

Donalee Peden Wesley

Marcellus, NY, United States

About Donalee Peden Wesley

In my work I explore the depths and subtleties of human / animal relationship .I create drawings that reflect the internal and external struggles this relationship creates and the effect it has on us and the animals that share our environment.

I am interested in portraying the dualities present in this experience. There are no absolutes in life. Rather, each experience / event is comprised of conflicting opposites. Each individual additionally has her/his own unique experience. Therefore, my drawings are ambiguous and not necessary resolvable, offering an opportunity for reflection and interpretation by each viewer. The pieces merely reflect a subjective understanding of the human/ animal condition, and my desires to explore that further.


Donalee Peden Wesley, received her BFA and MFA from Syracuse University on a full Jacob Javitts Fellowship. She has taught for over 15 years at numerous universities and colleges among them SUNY Oswego, University of Wisconsin Madison, WI, Cazenovia College and Hamilton College. She currently teaches at Syracuse University and Onondaga Community College.

Donalee’s work has been published in multiple books and magazines ; the most recent Apocrifa Art Magazine , Central New York ,Blue Canvas Magazine , Studio Visit Magazine, the Stone Canoe, and the Sculpture Reference Book and has been reviewed in numerous articles and publications including: The New York Times and Art in America. Her work is included in many public collections including: The Everson Museum; Munson William Proctor; SUNY at Brockport ,Liberal Arts Building and the Drawing Institute in Ca. to name a few, as well as extensive private collections worldwide.

Internationally she has shown her art work in London England, Bonn Germany, and Rozelle Australia. Donalee’s work has been featured in many group and solo shows including: The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C.; Ariel Gallery, New York City; Gallery Alexy, Philadelphia PA.; ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL.; Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY; Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY; and The Munson William Proctor Museum, Utica, NY.


Work just included in the upcoming Feb 2019 issue of Salann Magazine .
Work included in APÓCRIFA ART MAGAZINE Edition No. 30th. CANINO


Solo Show Art Rage Syracuse NY until March 24th.