Dawn Gemme, Digital Art Stanfield, Arizona USA
Sometimes, but thankfully not often, the challenge is staying inspired to continually create new artworks. Unlike drawing or painting by hand, a digital artist must rely on finding one photo or sometimes many photo components to fulfill the image in their mind’s eye. When these components are elusive, the creative pool can become dry. When one idea is not coming to fruition, then I know that I must mentally and emotionally shift gears and devise a new concept for my next piece.
Horse And Duck Companions
Living Arts Museum
Sea Of Red
Sharing .Child Of Giraffe
DAWN: There is such an array of comments I receive on many aspects to my work, depending on the skill level of the budding and/or seasoned artists that are viewing. Most seem to be inspired by my ability to create cohesive scenes from several different components. Some truly love how I take a subject from a photo and blend them into a spectacular new scene. This is something that takes time to develop as well as a knowledge of light application. Twenty plus years of professional wedding photography and a background in interior design/decoration truly gives me a bit of insight that I am thankful to have.
EWW: You have several galleries such as Wildlife, Children’s Fantasy, Concept – Gothic – Horror Art. Do you have a favorite or is the one gallery that you enjoy more than the others? Why?
DAWN: The animal and wildlife artworks are where my heart will always lie. With the state of animal abuse, testing, hunting, that so many humans engage in, my
approach is to show these animals in a much more ‘touchable’ light. Hopefully so many can connect easily with. For us to believe their lives are meaningless and only our needs count is simply unacceptable. We are all connected.
I have another gallery that you may not have seen, but I do personalized pet portraits directly from customer photos. Creating one of a kind portrait of dogs, cats and horses is like immortalizing that pet for years after they have left this life. Having 5 dogs and 2 horses myself, I know the connection many people have with their fur babies. It completes me in so many ways being able to provide families with lifelike images that will tug their heartstrings for the rest of their lives even when they can no longer hug or hold them.
Aside from my love of nature and pets, my personal style, for anyone who really knows Me, is Gothic. Castles, ‘subliminal’ mild horror and Stephen King-ish
approach to art is an outlet that I must relent to whenever it manifests. Vampires, haunted locals, ghosts and candlelit rooms with suggestive darker themes is a genre that allows my ‘darker’ side to safely emerge and retreat in an artistic manner. ‘laughs’
EWW: Excluding subject matter, are there themes that consistently run from your individual works and galleries, such as colors, perspective, lighting, movement, style, etc.?
DAWN: I am not a huge fan of blue, but I love the ocean and dramatic skies…so I find I use these often. Soft lighting tends to draw the viewer in and keep them engaged for a longer time than harsh color/lighting. Since most of my art is geared toward animals and wildlife, soft scenes and colors compliment my subjects, often. Unless of course my subject such as the Rainbow Lorikeets. They demand a brilliant background and atmosphere. There are no definitive rules, for each artwork dictates what it needs to evolve.
EWW: Do you think it is important for photographic artists to have their own website, in addition to another gallery they appear on?
DAWN: I have had my website and domain for 22 years and just cannot imagine not having my own space to get creative and set things up as I like to reflect who I really am. For artists, who are only out to sell their work as the bottom line, then the ‘paid’ sites where their work is showcased but manufactured and shipped by a separate entity is fine. I know it works for possibly millions of artists, but it would not work for me. While I do list many artworks on 3 paid galleries, at the moment, I prefer for them not to be my only arena. I like knowing I have my own identity attached to my own website and interacting with my clients getting to know their needs and personally answering their questions. Without that one on one, I would never have the opportunity to do commission work for those who want something very personal and special which is a lot of my work.
EWW: Do you use social media platforms to market and promote your work? If you do use social media platforms, which one(s) work the best for you?
DAWN: Without giving away my age let me just say that I am a ‘desktop’ person and not a ‘phone’ person. I do ALL my work sitting at my desk and not with my phone in my hands. One platform is ideal for what I do but just recently transformed back into ‘phone only’ access, and I am sorry about that. I totally refuse! Instagram is a wonderful platform for artists to find a following and to connect with people looking for what they do. But now that the desktop 3rd party app has been abandoned it doesn’t look like my gallery will be updated anytime soon and that saddens me.
Facebook has been a constant source of inspiration and a meeting of the minds so to speak. A lot of established and up and coming artists converse and support each other in a mostly friendly atmosphere. It is also a way to showcase your work in a way that allows others to view it without any high pressure to ‘buy, buy, buy’. I have done a lot of commission work for people who have liked what I post and have ideas of something very personal to them. Those are the pieces that I truly find the most rewarding.
EWW: Just to wrap up this interview, do you have any final thoughts about you and your work that you think would be important for others to know about?
DAWN: What I want people to really know about me is that I am an animal activist and vegan. My love for animals and wildlife goes much deeper than the canvas. I spent many years fighting for animal rights which accomplished so little that it left me with a broken soul. I had to find another way to reach those hearts who could be reached. Putting furry and feathered faces in front of millions, showing them as a ‘someone’ and not a ‘thing’ appears to be creating or at least fueling a movement of its own. Other artists have noticed my crusade and are creating their own sentient being images. Non artists are falling in love with the bright soulful eyes I am working hard to place in front of them. If I am remembered for one thing in this life, it is that I was able to make even a small difference for the animal kingdom. I can wish for no better legacy.