DC Designs began as Colorado Photographics, Inc in 1985 as a photography studio by David Clack. He focused on nature and landscape photography in the Colorado region. In 2002, The Illustrated Light Gallery of Fine Art opened its doors and they began producing various products using David’s photography. For years, David Clack had the idea of taking several of his nature landscape images and layering them together, creating multiple exposure abstract images. By allowing some of the underlying images to shine through, colors and textures appear in beautiful ways.
Alongside the photography of David Clack, they partnered with artist, Shelly Hearne. Her designs and delicate artwork are available in a wide variety of jewelry styles. They discovered that by using just the giclée prints of the image and a layer of UV protection, they were able to create ultra-lightweight, waterproof jewelry. All of their DC Designs earrings are handcrafted in their studio in Fort Collins, Colorado. Their hypoallergenic ear wires are made of antique copper on steel and contain contain no nickel. The prints are UV protected and water resistant. Most of the earrings we carry in Essential Art Gallery & Fine Gifts are designs from Shelly Hearne’s Collection.
Meet: Shelly Hearne
From growing up on Cape Cod, to raising my own family in Colorado, my life has continually been filled with movement and color--the most essential elements of my work. While these elements have always been present, my self-awareness as an artist did not surface until much later in life.
I grew up, one of six children, in a little town called Falmouth, Massachusetts. It was during high school that I first discovered my appreciation for art, and that I had a knack for it. Not knowing what to do with this knack, and needing a change of environment, I joined the Air Force after graduation. During my service, I was fortunate enough to travel all over this country, as well as others, and to see the world through a different lens.
During my final years in the reserves, I began focusing more on art and earned a degree in Interior Design. After working with an architect for a short time, I found that this type of work did not allow me the creative expression for which I was searching, so I began painting for myself again.
I had finally found a medium and a method that was satisfying and I wanted to learn more. I taught myself, through trial and error, to capture the curve of a calla lily, the rolling shadows of a mountain and the ever-changing colors of a forest. My artistic influences include the works of Wolf Kahn and Georgia O'Keefe, among others. I have worked with media ranging from copper, pastels and textured paper to acrylic paint and varyingly textured canvas. My tools have ranged from my own fingers, paintbrushes, and socks to my more recent favorite, a palette knife.