Donna Corless - Artist

About Donna Corless

Learn more about Donna Corless from Newport News, VA - United States.

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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 primarily focuses on her architectural and travel photography.

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 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 some self improvement classes during the year and found that if she helped other people then she would be also be helped. She is still on that journey. She hopes the collection will be meaningful and inspire others.

Exhibitions and Notable Events of Interest

Featured Artist at Imagekind in 2010.
Emerging Artist with 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 in June 2008.
Limited Editions with in 2008.
Emerging Artist with in 2008.
Published online by S.Pellegrino at
Black and White 2007 Online exhibition at, Feb. 1, 2007 - Jan. 31, 2008.
Featured Artist in January 2007
Published in the Schmap Travel Guide Schmap Venice Third Edition 2007
Abstracts 2007 Online exhibition at, Jan. 1, 2007 - Dec. 31, 2007.
Landscapes 2006 Online exhibition at, Dec. 1, 2006 - Nov. 30, 2007.
Reflections 2006 Online exhibition at, 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, 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:
Published in 'The Artful Home' book by - 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.

Donna Corless joined Licensing on March 18th, 2009.