When I was a child I had one of those 110mm cameras and decided I would write and photograph the next great American bird field guide but I had a lot of trouble getting close enough to anything other than the dead birds the cat brought me so I gave up my book dreams but kept my love of art and photography. The 35mm replaced the 110mm and I learned a lot about photography from my mother. I took art classes through school to help develop my eye for balance, color and design, and I later attended Brooks College of Graphic Design. As a member of the Concord Art Association I won 2nd and a 3rd place in two different shows with my fine art paintings. I sign all my paintings “Blacky” as a memorial to my father. This was his nickname while he served in WWII. Soon thereafter, digital cameras hit the scene and I let go of film forever. My intent was to reproduce poster prints of my fine art but found I enjoyed being outside with the camera more than I enjoyed being inside with the paintbrush, however I still wield the brush as inspiration hits. I love experimenting with all kinds of mediums and combining things to create unique pieces.
My current abstract paintings are color stories bursting with emotion, freedom and energy intended to bring visual joy, and evoke feelings in the viewer. I have a diverse gallery set to enjoy. Abstract water photography images make wonderful pieces for interior design. Graffiti street art is an interesting compliment to urban loft living. My galleries can answer any artistic need from boudior to boutique. What’s on your walls?
Donna Blackhall is a photographer and painter living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has a diverse and eclectic style that appeals to a wide audience. Her current abstract paintings are color stories bursting with emotion, freedom and energy intended to bring visual joy, and evoke feelings in the viewer. The photography she most enjoys is nature. Much beauty can be found in the small abstract images that nature provides such as in water reflection to the expansive view of a landscape. Blackhall exhibited at The Artists Alley, San Francisco, September 2009 through March 2010.