Making what is old, new and beautiful again, Dona Bollard creates artwork that combines old techniques and antique window frames and transforms them into modern day wall art that has caught the interest of countless fans and even retailer Restoration Hardware.
In an age where digital images prevail the photos by Dona Bollard possess a beautiful dreamlike quality. She uses film and many darkroom techniques, some dating all the way back to the late 1800’s. Dona’s images are mostly black and white and sepia toned using hand printing techniques on gelatin silver prints and using different bleaching and other chemicals to create the sepia and platinum tones.
Originally from Connecticut, her career took her to West Palm Beach to work for the Palm Beach Post and then back north to the Boston Globe. Her travels to New Mexico opened the door to her current subjects, capturing the majestic spirit of the horses and other Western themes.
Dona describes her interesting use of recycled window frames, “My frames: I was living in Boston about 14 years ago and windows were being replaced in all the old brownstones and they were always stacked on the streets. It seemed like such a waste. They had a beautiful patina and natural distressed look, and the hardware was perfect for a little touch of craftmanship. So at first I used the windows as a sort of canvas and printed silver prints on the glass. The process was beautiful but very labor intensive, once I moved to Santa Fe, I started using the windows and antique frames as the basis for framing my work. I wanted the feel of the frame to be a unique element and complete the look of the piece. People love the look and each piece ends up very unique, and it is like having a perfect view out your window!! My customers don’t want anything else! The comment I hear most of the time is that the images and the frames compliment each other and produce a natural feeling of synergy. Some of these images have been picked up by restoration hardware and they were also in an ABC mini series called “Wildfire”.”
For more information check out her website.