Donna St. Amant Photographer and Metalsmith

­      With my 31 year career as an engineer behind me, I'm now able to pursue my passions to the fullest. I've rekindled my love of photography. I capture the close up detail and beauty of flowers, worn beached objects, and elements of nature that cross my path on a flatbed scanner. Once used to digitize my photographic negatives, the scanner is now my 'studio camera' and the fine detail it captures never ceases to amaze me. I also enjoy shooting landscapes, seascapes, and, especially, gardens both formal and wild with a converted infrared camera. I'm drawn to the surreal effect of brightened foliage and the contrast of light and dark tones.

­      In my metalsmith work, I transform sheet and wire into objects of adornment. I work in recycled sterling silver (Argentium) and gold, employing ancient techniques such as Chasing and Repousse, Keum Boo and Granulation, but move them in a contemporary direction. My pieces are textural and often oxidized to give them a softer aged appearance. Gemstones, pearls, or cabochons are incorporated as a focal point, to contrast with surface texture or to introduce an element of color.


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