ARTIST STATEMENT: 'My art is inspired from my travels and primarily expresses the unique views of architecture, geometric lines, or tropical subjects that I love to see and portray.'
Donna has been creative since her early childhood. She came from a creative family where her mother was an artist as well as her two grandfathers. Donna won her first art award when she was 12 years old. She was raised as an Air Force dependent and had the opportunity to travel overseas with her family and lived in places like the Azores, Philippines, Turkey, and Bermuda. She was torn between business and art while in school. Although, she pursued a business career until 1995, she felt drawn back to her creative side. In 1999, she started to photograph her travels more seriously and in 2000, she began experimenting with various techniques using computer software with her images while living in Italy. She felt compelled to integrate the computer technology that she had learned with her artwork. She combines her love for creating and photography with her passion for travel to create her own collection of black & white photos, color photos, and digital artwork and imagery which she calls Digital Watercolors. Currently, she focuses primarily on her architectural and travel photography.
In December of 2010, Donna created the 'I Am Grateful Collection' collection of photography posters with positive affirmations. She created this collection initially to help herself get through some personal difficulties. She and her husband split up in February of 2010 after 13 years of marriage and moved from Cairo, Egypt back to the U.S. She felt down, depressed and needed to get her life back together. Creating the affirmations was a way that she could get re-focused. Soon after creating the initial video, she decided that she might be able to help other people by sharing these images with other people. She had taken a lot of self improvement classes during the year and found if she helped other people then she would be helped. She is still on that journey. She hopes the collection will be meaningful and touch other people.
Exhibitions and Recent Events of Interest
Featured Artist at Imagekind in 2010.
Emerging Artist with Art.com in 2009.
Joined the Photographic Society of America, March 2009
Signed a contract with Getty Images for Stock Photography Jan. 2009
Published in “A Year of Festivals” (General Reference) by Lonely Planet Publications (Paperback - Aug 1, 2008)
Featured Artist at Imagekind.com in June 2008.
Limited Editions with Art.com in 2008.
Emerging Artist with Art.com in 2008.
Published online by S.Pellegrino at http://www.sanpellegrino.com/.
Black and White 2007 Online exhibition at Photosandart.com, Feb. 1, 2007 - Jan. 31, 2008.
Featured Artist in Art.com January 2007
Published in the Schmap Travel Guide Schmap Venice Third Edition 2007
Abstracts 2007 Online exhibition at Photosandart.com, Jan. 1, 2007 - Dec. 31, 2007.
Landscapes 2006 Online exhibition at Photosandart.com, Dec. 1, 2006 - Nov. 30, 2007.
Reflections 2006 Online exhibition at Photosandart.com, Nov. 1, 2006 - Oct. 31, 2007.
Friends and Art, 4 person show, Villa Cattaneo, San Quirino, Italy, July 15-30, 2006.
Donna Corless - Amalfi Coast at Night, selected as NOMINEE in the Professional Architectural Category by the International Color Awards, Masters of Color Photography by a panel of the most esteemed creative professionals in photography and art, from National Geographic Channel in Washington DC to Vogue and the Fine Art Society in London. Beverly Hills, California, May 7, 2006.
Featured Artist in Original Art and Photography at Art.com, January, April, July, and October 2006.
Aviano BX, Aviano, Italy - January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December 2005
Bella Befana Bazaar, Aviano, Italy - October 2005
Primavera Bazaar, Aviano, Italy - May 2005
2005 National Juried Photo Competition: Through a Lens, The Human Element, Juried by Michael Collopy, Coastal Arts League, Half Moon Bay, CA - March 10 - May 9, 2005
Juried Exhibition: OpenArt 2005, Sale del Bramante, Piazza del Popolo, Rome, Italy - January 2005
Aviano Minimall, Aviano, Italy - June, July, August, September, October, November, December 2004
Bella Befana Bazaar, Aviano, Italy - October 2004
Juried Photography Exhibition: Pic Nic di Ceolini 2004 - Theme: Architecture, Ceolini, Italy - May 2004
Primavera Bazaar, Aviano, Italy - May 2004
Created website presence: PhotosAndArt.com
Published in 'The Artful Home' book by Guild.com - 2003
Bella Bafana Bazaar, Aviano, Italy - October 2003
Thirteenth National Juried Exhibition: A Curator's Choice Winner, Viridian Artist Inc. Juried by Robert Rosenblum, Curator of the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. June 25 through July 12, 2002.