Welcome to Dream Tree Studio!
My name is Donna and I’ve been creating bold, colorful digital artwork called fractals for over 5 years now. Fractals are mathematical based images (bet you never thought math could be this cool, did you?).
On this blog, I’ll be sharing some of my artwork (processes and inspirations), as well as other things that make me ME…I love crafty things, DIY tutorials from around the web, cool theme parties, great food & recipes, amazing handmade items, computers/software, and beautiful photos & art.
A LITTLE ABOUT ME…
Since I have a TERRIBLE time talking about myself and had a hard time deciding what to tell my visitors here, I decided to posted the results of an interview I was asked to do:
Tell me a bit about you! (Name, Age, Location, and give us a random fact whilst you’re at it.)
My name’s Donna of Dream Tree Studio and I’m a 30-something (wink!) living in Charleston, SC at the moment. Fun fact – I’ve lived in 7 US states and 2 other countries (Korea and Germany). I’m a proud military brat!
What is your business about then?
I’m kind of a contradiction in some ways – I’m a creative person who loves art and color but also a total computer geek! I’ve found a great way to combine the two sides by creating unique digital artwork called fractals. Fractals are mathematical-based creations (bet you never thought math could be this cool, did you?). I use various software programs to explore the formulas, algorithms, transformations, and other mathematical functions and use them to create interesting forms with rhythm and vibrant color.
Are you working a day job too?
Yes – as much as I love my art, I can’t pay the rent with it yet! I do hope that, in the future, I will be lucky enough to have more time to focus on my own business and my creative life all day long.
How long has the artist in you been ‘unleashed’ for?
It’s funny, actually. When I was very young, I remember being really interested in art and taking a lot of classes at school (of course, this was back when all public schools in the US offered multiple art courses, which they don’t anymore, sadly). I used to love it! Then after school and college, “grown up” responsibilities took over and I set art aside for more practical pursuits. About 6 years ago, I was going through some old papers my mom & dad saved from my early years and found a paper that I’d written…in crayon…about how I wanted to be an artist when I grew up. I had been feeling a bit restless but didn’t know why and after reading that, I realized I needed to start creating things again!
What has been the inspiration behind your business?
I started creating fractals just for fun – a great way for me to relax and enjoy the process. But when I started showing them to people they would “ooh” and “aah” and asked so many questions and wanted to have copies for themselves. I thought it would be great to share my work with more than just friends & family and also try to educate people about what fractals are and how math plays such an important role.
If you could describe your products in three words, what would you tell me?
Colorful, dynamic, fun!
What are your favorite materials and techniques to work with?
Well, fractals are completely digital, so I work with my computer and a fractal software program called UltraFractal. I do use other fractal programs like Apophysis sometimes, but my true love is UltraFractal. I also use Photoshop to sharpen and sometimes enhance the colors of my work, as well as resizing images as necessary. I have my work printed by a professional photo lab using Kodak Endura papers – the metallic paper is my favorite as it gives a silvery pearlescent sheen to the fractals that makes them look almost three-dimensional!
What is your ideal vision for the future for you and your work?
Right now, I have so much going on in my life that I want to focus on the present. I can say for sure that I love creating fractals and plan on working with them every day as long as I can!
Away from work, what do you like to do for fun or to wind down?
Well, I have a busy schedule, but I do fit in time for friends and family. I like to go out to the movies a lot with my closest friends or we’ll have small gatherings at one person’s house to watch TV or a movie and have a great dinner cooked on the grill. I usually have dinner with my parents on Sunday and try to see my brother & sister-in-law and my new baby niece.
What other art or handmade items do you like to shop for?
Oh, all kinds of things, but probably jewelry and art the most. I happen to adore modern sterling silver jewelry and there are some fabulous artisans I’ve found on etsy.com – I wish I could own so many things I find! And as for art – I love, love, love abstract works, especially if they are very flowing and have rich, vibrant colors. I’ve found some truly amazing artists on etsy as well!
Any last words?
I’m always interested in talking about fractals with people, so if anyone ever has questions, please feel free to contact me any time!