The Art of Jessi Donnelly

A selection of beautiful works by my friend Ms. Jessi Donnelly, a photographer, printmaker, and graphic artist. You can view more of her work on her art page on Facebook below:

Photography and Design by Jessi Donnelly


Photographs of a Demonic Haunting

Bob Cranmer was convinced his home was haunted by a hostile demonic presence. He even had multiple religious figures help to battle the demon in his home, which he claims ultimately worked and the demon was expelled. 

During the haunting, though, Cranmer and his family faced many mysteriously broken and bent crucifixes, mysterious blood-like substances deliberately spattered on the walls, and parallel scratches on his body. He photographed bits of the experience, including the staircase in his home, which he photographed at a point where the family dog continually stared at it. The scratches, he claimed, were apparently applied at night, as he would not feel them during the night and then wake up to new scratches.

The religious leaders involved in the case were also adamant that the demonic presence was very real. Now that it has reportedly been driven out, Cranmer says he still feels shaken up about the ordeal.


‘The Rebirth’

Photographer/Set/Jewelry: Amanda Bullick of Brutally Beautiful

Styling/Dress/Make-up: Myself (Kerosene Deluxe)

This was a very special collaborative project in 2014 between Amanda Bullick of Brutally Beautiful and myself.

It was inspired by old European silent horror films (The Cabinet of Dr Caligari being a prime example), our connection to the earth, magic and honoring those you have loved and lost.

It is a story about crawling yourself out of the dirt (aka hardships) and finding the magic within you to be reborn and to regain control and power over yourself.

Very minimal photoshop was used to create this series. The set was completely handcrafted (indoors) by Amanda (the photographer)

The jewelry and bone collar were also made by her.All the skulls and bones used were ethically sourced. Why bones? There seems to be a deeper calling to not only collect bones but to honor these dearly departed creatures that left their bodies behind. Amanda has found ways to honor them by lovingly collecting each creature, having a smudging ceremony for it and then helping it rebirth into art that may be loved once again.

Hope you enjoy this set!

Hatley Castle Haunting

Hatley Castle was built on Vancouver Island, off Canada’s West Coast, by the Scottish Coal Baron Robert Dunsmuir. He was a famous but controversial figure in his day, known for his swift-handed approach to decisions concerning the use of land.

The castle, which now forms part of the campus of Royal Roads University, has begun to fall prey to a series of unexplained events, which send chills down the spine of those who venture too close. Terrified observers have reported seeing a white figure drifting around the windows, and they’ve also made reference to hearing the clash of pots and pans.

It is rumored that the maid of Robert Dunsmuir—rejected by her lover—leapt from the window and died. SPIRITS, a charity dedicated to investigating the paranormal, claims that one of its staff members actually saw a female figure clothed in white slipping through the castle corridors. Unfortunately, few sources have less credibility in such cases than a charity dedicated to investigating the paranormal. Source: Listverse

In 1702, a convicted murderer named Thomas Busby was about to be hanged for his crimes. His last request was to have his final meal served at his favorite pub in Thirsk, England. He finished his meal, stood up, and said, “May sudden death come to anyone who dare sit in my chair.”

The chair remained in the pub for centuries, and patrons would often dare one another to sit in the cursed seat. During World War II, airmen from a nearby base frequented the pub, and locals noticed that the soldiers who sat in the chair would never return from war. In 1967, two Royal Air Force pilots sat in the chair, only to crash their truck into a tree just after they left. In 1970, a mason tested his fate in the hot seat, only to die that same afternoon by falling into a hole at his job site. A year after that, a roofer who sat in it died after the roof he was working on collapsed. When the pub’s cleaning lady tripped and fell into the chair, she died shortly afterwards from a brain tumor.

This list goes on, and finally the pub owner moved the chair into the basement. Unfortunately, even in storage the chair claimed another victim. After a delivery man took a quick rest while unloading packages in the store room, he was killed in a car accident that same day.

Eventually, the pub owner donated the chair to the local museum in 1972. The museum displays the chair by hanging it five feet in the air so that no one can possibly sit in it by mistake again. Fortunately, no one has sat in the chair since.