I’m an illustrator/fine-artist outside of Lowell, MA. I make pastel/charcoal portraits and am developing a digital high-fantasy series of art books with my own creatures and worlds. I’m currently honing my skills in sculpting as well.
You can find my work here: https://www.facebook.com/BenDonahueArt
With digital fractal art I explore and create dreamscapes and abstract compositions alike. Although I’ve seriously pursued art for the last decade, I got into IFS (iterated function set) fractaling about 5 years ago, aided by programs called Apophysis and Chaotica. I find I integrate my abstract painting style when creating, which compels me to eschew traditional hard-edged mathematical symmetry in favor of a more instinctual creative process that focuses on abstract beauty through organic textures and forms as might appear in nature – sometimes soft and sweeping, sometimes chaotic, very often defined first by color and then by chiaroscuro. But because I sometimes revisit my roots and do something highly structured, or partially structured, I like to think of my fractals as being in an “open style” – neither structured nor unstructured, but somewhere in between.
What I always hope to create are pieces that evoke wonder and lend serene pause.
I was born into the Witness Protection Program so the details of my childhood have been kept from me for my own safety. I was released when it was discovered that I was never in any real danger at all. I was turned out into the street with a written apology, a pat on the head and a detailed invoice payable to the FBI for all that protection I never even needed. Talk about being behind before you even begin.
Actually, I was recently paroled from a 15-year sentence in an office cube. It was a fortunate occurrence if you consider all the time I wasted wishing the window directly behind me could open. I grieved for about 5 seconds before going to my attic to find the paint brushes I remember being so fond of in college. They were a tad dusty and a little more than “slightly miffed” due to my neglect. It seems they forgave me after I introduced them to the shiny new tubes of paint I had purchased just for them. Now our days are spent in joyful anticipation of the challenges each new blank canvas presents.
Except for the part about having a sketchy childhood, the first bit was a complete fabrication. I couldn’t resist.
BFA, University of North Texas
MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art
I am an artist living and working in Chelmsford, MA. My original art training was in metalsmithing and jewelry design. Although I still make jewelry, in 2013 I took a bookmaking class in which we learned monoprinting to create material for the pages of our books. I have never made another book, but I was thrilled with the monoprint process which is now my primary mode of expression.
I print using a plate I make with gelatin. My current plate is fairly large, 20″x30″, allowing me to work in a variety of scale. I love the immediacy, the bold use of color, and the challenge to balance control with intuition. Using color, texture, and composition, I strive to create abstract images that are intriguing and harmonious to the viewer.
Visit my website digmuse.com.
Email me at FrancesKillam at Yahoo.com