Megan Donnelly was born and raised in Seattle, Washington and received her BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Washington in 1992. After relocating to San Francisco in 1999, she continued her studies and her training in painting at the California College of the Arts. She was mentored by Merl Ross, professor of art at CCA, as well as noted Bay Area painter, Nicholas Wilton. She has been a Mill Valley resident since 2001 and works from her studio in the historic ICB Building in Sausalito.