DONNA WELLS donnawells1@mac.com

The predominant theme in my work is nature: landscapes, animals and plants, and other features of the earth. I use a Canon EOS 7D. I am inclined toward the photographic approaches of realism, abstraction and simplicity. I wish to convey my belief that in all of life there is beauty and there is value to being present in every moment. Most importantly, for me photography is fun.

My photographic projects during the last decade have included: Abstractions in Nature, Walls in Ancient Places, and Seeing Inside Meteorites. Related images have been shown and sold at various annual exhibitions as high quality prints custom framed, placemats, calendars, coasters and greeting cards.

During this time, alongside many other community members, I had the good fortune to be involved in a successful activist project against the proposed Highland Mega-Quarry in Dufferin County, ON (2011-2013). I published a related book using the digital publishing platform: issuu.com. The book was titled “Landscapes and the Proposed Mega-Quarry” (2011). It received 3000 views. I sold several copies contributing a portion of the funds to the antiquarry fight. An article titled “Landscapes, Photography and a Proposed Mega-Quarry" was published as the Featured Article in the The Canadian Association of Photographic Art magazine, Spring 2012. Additionally, Mr. David Tilson, M.P. (Dufferin-Caledon) acknowledged the contribution of my photographic work in the Federal, House of Commons Debates, January 2013, Ottawa, ON under the item: “The Environment”.

 

My current project is entitled Portraits of All Sorts, which includes a year-long study of the transition of the milkweed from rhizome to seed. In this project I am guided by the medium of portraiture and by Peter Hurley, author of the book: The Headshot (2016).

As always, I am grateful for the instruction that I received from famous Canadian photographers Freeman Patterson (Order of Canada and of New Brunswick) (Shamper’s Bluff, NB), and André Gallant (St. John, NB). Also, on a private basis and by attending workshops regularly, I gained (and continue to gain) invaluable insights about the fine art of photography from professional photographers including Edward Knapp (Gatineau, Quebec), John McQuade (Miksang Contemplative Photography, Toronto, ON), Rob Corrado (CorrVision,Toronto, ON), Ethan Meleg (Midland, ON), Nir Baraket (now deceased), Don Komarechka (Barrie, ON), the National Geographic Society (Washington, D.C.), John Batdorff, Gary Hart, Wayde Carroll, among others.

Thank You to

Rod Trider, Advanced Images Photography (Almonte, ON) for his on-going direction with regard to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and complicated photo shoots, and for image printing and framing, and curatorial assistance in the preparation of my exhibitions.

I am a member of the Artists’ Network of Riverdale, Art Square Cafe & Gallery, Bruce Trail Conservancy, Dufferin County Museum & Archives, Dufferin Arts Council, Toronto Camera Club, and the Canadian Association for Photographic Art (CAPA). I share my residence between Toronto and our farm in Dufferin County, Ontario.