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The art of Ellen McDermott

Ellen McDermott is a conceptual photographer living and working in Dublin, Ireland, but her work is represented in New York by the Clic Gallery and has been exhibited in many places around the world.

I had the pleasure of seeing Ellen McDermott talk about some of her work in the Dublin Camera Club last Tuesday. It was very inspiring and she was nice enough to answer many questions from the audience.

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About 10 years ago, right around the time when digital art was starting to become really big, she decided to combine her love for painting with her love for photography.

As such, she started using GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program), which is a free and open source software that can be compared with photoshop. Now it doesn’t have as many features as photoshop does, and it might not suit everybody, but she says it does the job perfectly for her kind of art.
The reason she started with GIMP was because it was free, but it turned out that it was actually less resource intensive than photoshop, so she stuck with it.

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She confessed that she gets a lot of her inspiration from the dreams she sometimes has. After dreaming about something in particular she would write down what that dream was and then try to recreate it.
Other times she might just start with a photo she shot, or a stock photo she gets from the internet, and then work her magic.

Like any good digital artist she keeps a collection of brushes and textures and also is not shy about using famous backgrounds, like the ones from paintings.

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She also does work on commission for any commercial and private customers. She kindly informed us that for a private customer who wants a portrait done from scratch into her style and then printed and framed, it would be 400 euro, which I think is not a bad price at all.

I think there is no doubt that her art is deep and powerful and that she is very creative. She takes something regular and makes it into something interesting and captivating. How many of us can say that ?

If you would like to see more of her art be sure to visit her Flickr page.

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