About the artist
My father gave me the gift of a camera when I was six years old. From then on, I was hooked. That little Kodak Instamatic went everywhere I did. In 1993, years on down the line, I began formal training, and soon the student became teacher and artist. Over time I have won awards and worn many hats: dark room technician, studio photographer, tutor in digital art, gallery director and curator. Lastly, and most happily, artist.
I find inspiration in many places, in nature, but also song lyrics, books I read, poetry, films, travel, and everyday life, here in Colorado. I have two series that are currently in production. The first is based a woman’s body transitioning into other forms, the second is a fantasy landscape series that features my native Colorado.
About the art
I’m not sure my artwork fits neatly into a little box. The colors I use these days tend towards the vivid and bold. The landscapes I create are fantasy driven and surreal, as are my figurative pieces. I do have softer, quieter pieces that are usually nature-centric. I also have a good deal of abstract and architectural images, as well as straight landscape photography and photo journalistic images of my travels.
About the creative process
The creative process starts when something nudges my soul, whether it is a beautifully written line of poetry that moves me or the aftermath of a devastating forest fire. I then begin by trying to capture images that express what inspired me. The next step is importing the shots into PhotoShop and layering them. A lot of trial and error takes place during creation. I may stop when I hit a wall, and work on another image for a while. I usually know when I’ve got it right. I then print a small test image to see if I’ve got the colors and levels right for output. I print my own giclee’ prints with a large format Canon Pro 9000 Mark II printer. I print on Epson Metallic Glossy photo paper and Ilford Galerie Metallic and Smooth Gloss photo paper. They cost twice as much as the traditional papers, but the results are so worth it. As for the metal prints…
About the Metal Prints
Metal Prints represent a new art medium for preserving art by infusing dyes directly into specially coated aluminum sheets. Images will take on a magical luminescence. You've never seen a more brilliant and impressive print! Colors are vibrant and the luminescence is breathtaking. Detail and resolution are unsurpassed. Metal Prints endure the test of time! The lab I use received the Green Business Certification Award "For Exceeding Environmental Regulatory Requirements, Preventing Pollution, and Conserving Natural Resources!"
Custom Size Metal Prints
Custom size metal prints are available up to 30 by 40 inches. They may take a week and a half to process and ship, but are worth the wait. Shop on line at Etsy.com/shop/NeonMermaidPrintShop
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