Marysia Donaldson was born in Warsaw and brought up in Scotland where she was educated. She studied at the renowned Glasgow School of Art, which counted amongst its past students many illustrious painters. Maryisa was taught there by her future husband, David Donaldson, The Queen’s Painter and Limner in Scotland, and by Hugh Crawford RSA.
On leaving Art School she took up sculpture, but in time concentrated on painting. She has had numerous one-man exhibitions, both in the UK and abroad and has exhibited in many group shows including the Fine Arts Society, the Scottish Gallery, Fosse Gallery and the Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg.
She has been a regular exhibitor at the Royal Scottish Acadmy, Edinburgh, The Royal Glasgow Institute and The Royal Academy, London as well as at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. She is represented in the collection of HRH, The Duke of Edinburgh and in collections throughout Scotland, England, France, South Africa, Canada and the USA as well as in numerous corporate collections, including Hombros Bank, The MacFarlane Group, John Capel and Freshfields.