A noted painter of American Impressionism, Donna Norine Schuster would transition into a more Cubist and abstract style later in her career. Her Impressionist works focused on people and landscapes, some still life work and even some cityscapes. Later in her career, under the influences of modernist Stanton Macdonald-Wright, she would approach her subjects in an Expressionist and Cubist manner.
She had studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and then accompanied William Merritt Chase on a painting excursion to Belgium in 1912.
Upon her return she settled in Southern California, still continuing to study alongside Chase. She moved to San Francisco in 1914 where she began composing watercolor sketches of the construction work for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition to take place the following year. She would go on to win a silver medal at the Exposition for her works.
She later headed to Los Angeles to take a teaching position at the Otis Art Institute as well as to open her own studio. Here she constructed her own lily pond in tribute to Claude Monet, and painted her own series of lily pictures.
She was a frequent award winner and exhibited often, she had solo exhibitions at the San Francisco Art Association, the New York Watercolor Society and the New York Academy of Fine Art. She was a founding member of the California Watercolor Society.
Her works are in private and public collections, and can be seen at the Irvine Museum in California and the Museum of Art at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.