Donna Callighan, seeks to express through the universal language of sight, the global environmental issues at hand, and to honor nature with all of its perfection. She has even adopted the brand name, donna-terra, to signify her commitment to the natural world.
She was inspired to create this style of imagery during a walk down a side street in Paris while on a commercial photography assignment in 2002, where she spotted a back-lit potted palm frond pressing up against a piece of special architectural glass. Upon her return she procured a piece of this glass, and began to explore the personification of nature with flowers and the intrigue of shadows. Further investigations with this technique have lead to discovering interesting and energetic abstractions and expressiveness by using human elements, her hands.
Thanks to the powerful creative tool Adobe Photoshop, she is able to enhance the color of these digitally captured images to suit the mood of each piece; without the use of pre-set software filters. The painterly ‘look’ is created by the glass’s structure. Items that touch the glass are crisp and the rest fall softly away. The style of imagery begins to visually cross the border between photography and other fine art techniques; a fact that has become apparent when her viewers ask, “Is this a painting or a watercolor?” Then by printing them on large canvas and fine art papers, that line is even more blurred.
Now, after years of searching, Donna has found her own unique style. Series of work include, Foggy Florals, Seeds, Trees and Weeds, S.O.S. a visual / commentary on our continual path towards committing ecocide, and Mirror Montage Earth Balls. She is currently working on producing Leftovers and Intersections of Man and Nature.
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