Donny Finley grew up in the small town of Millerville, Alabama. He became known for painting the life he knew. Now, though the scope of material he uses for subject matter has broadened, and his painting techniques are continually evolving, one can still sense the relationship between subject matter and artist in his paintings. Donny now resides in Birmingham, Alabama with his wife Janet and their three children.
Awards - Included in the more than seventy awards Finley as won are the Larry Quackenbush Memorial Award from the American Watercolor Society in New York, the Walter Biggs Memorial Award from the National Academy of Design in New York, the Strathmore Award from the National Watercolor Society in California, and the Charlotte Livingston Award from the Salmagundi Club in New York.
Exhibitions - Finley's paintings have been included in national exhibitions such as the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, the National Academy of Design, the Mainstreams International Exhibition, the Rocky Mountain National Watercolor Exhibition, Watercolor USA, the National Academy of Arts for the Parks, and others.
One-Man and Three-Person Shows - The Columbus Club in New York, the Oklahoma Arts Center, the Cheekwood Museum of Fine Arts in Nashville, the Meridian Museum of Fine Arts, the Greater Birmingham Arts Alliance, and others.
Museums and Corporate Collections - The Birmingham Museum of Art; the Fine Arts Museum of the South in Mobile; the Columbus Museum of Arts and Sciences in Columbus, Georgia; Coca Cola Corporate Headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia; Southern Natural Corporation in Birmingham; and others.
Magazines - American Artist Magazine, Southwest Art Magazine, Alabama Magazine, Mississippi Magazine, and others.
Finley is a full member of the American Watercolor Society and he is included in Who's Who in American Art. The book Moments Captured tells about Finley and Illustrates his work. "Generations," an Easter egg painted by Finley is in the permanent collection of the White House.
Finley's works are included in the collections of movie and singing stars such as Peter Weller, Jimmy Buffet, Jerry Reed, Ray Stevens, and others.