Born in Marseille, Dona Bryhiel has spent a large portion of her adult life in the Caribbean. She holds degrees in literature, philosophy and French art. In 1995 Bryhiel opened her own art gallery in St. Maarten.
Her art is influenced heavily by her French background, but Caribbean influences are evident. Dona Bryhiel has a unique painting style. Her work often focuses on the Caribbean. It reflects the roles of women, their beauty and their roles in daily life. Bryhiel enjoys creating pieces that evoke thoughtful reflections about island life.