"Perception is Recognition,"The true artist, once he has perceived and visualized, can transmit his recognition with any means at his disposal" Ansel Adams
I paint in series - images that are not place specific. I consider them personal dreamlike mindscapesof imagined locations in my natural world ." Donna Clark 2011
My process begins with taking digital photographs that are simply seen and void of non-essential elements. As a student many years ago, I was taught that the most important thing a worthy photographer must learn was how to "see". To this day, I frame, compose and fit everything I want to record into the cameras view and almost never crop an image. What I see is what I get. Although painting and printmaking are still my main focus as an artist, several years ago I made a decision to explore color digital photography in my process. Inspired by an awareness of seasonal shifts in nature and a passion for architecture each photograph I take shares a common thread with my painting. As I explore atmospheric light, painterly strokes of color, linear dividers and textural elements it is the visual information that I gathered as I looked through the interpretive cameras lens that became the subject matter for my work. Overtime, after studying and assimilating the information in my photographs my paintings, monotypes and mixed media collages develop into stand alone non-objective images". I paint in series - images that are not place specific. I consider them personal dreamlike mindscapes of imagined locations.I always travel with my camera to document places that attract me. My recent subjects have been the Virginia Countryside, the Mojave Desert of California and the canyons and mountains of Utah, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. Recently during a trip to Europe I was able to expand my body of photographic work to include images from Italy, Greece and Turkey.