Title: Superseeded Power
20 x 30
Weight: 5.0 lbs.
Limited Edition (50) Digigraph, 2012. Accepted in 64 Arts National Juried Exhibition, Buchanan Center for the Arts, Monmouth IL, 8/31-10/13/12.
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Native and lifetime resident of Keokuk IA who has traveled the world. HIgh School art teacher 12 yrs; photojournalist 4 yrs; graphic design business owner 21 yrs; Adjunct Art Faculty Carl Sandburg College 9 yrs; 30 yrs of producing photo serigraphs; 15 yrs of producing "digigraphs" (digitally manipulated photographic images) with archival inks on archival papers.
Recently awarded Best of Show at Scottsdale Biennale, Oct. 2013.
Pablo Picasso once said, “All art is a lie – a lie that makes you realize the truth.” My images are intended to evoke a human feeling, rather than being an attempt to “re-create” reality. The only “realities” that exist in my work are paper and ink. My work is the result of my fascination with all of Creation, from the tiniest detail to the broadest expanse. My viewpoint or “perspective” is unique because my Creator gave me an insatiable appetite for discovering the beauty that surrounds me, and the ability to express that beauty in visual form. It is what sets my soul free. For nearly 30 years, I created photoserigraphs, building layers and layers of color with high contrast films from black-and-white negatives. The transition to digital in 1998 was an easy one. It was simply a matter of discovering the software tools that matched my vision. For me, a camera and computer are simply an extended list of tools I use as a means of expression. I make myriads of decisions while looking through the limited expanse of camera and lens. The release of the shutter is just the beginning of a process that takes me on a visual journey to express truths revealed by the wonderful shapes, tones, and lines around me. Through the use of flat shapes of color and various filters and techniques in PhotoShop, my work takes on an abstraction of the realities I experience on a daily basis. No matter how abstract my work becomes, it is based on the actual beauty discovered around me. My place on this Earth is not a location, but a mission — to make a spiritual connection with all the locations in which I find myself, and to share that spiritual connection with others. In the end, it is the invisible that is true reality, and viewers are encouraged to find that true reality for themselves.I discovered early on in the digital world that the term "gicleè" had come to mean "reproduction of a different medium", so I coined the word "digigraph" to denote an original medium produced in multiples by digital means. Purists may argue that it's a digital means of reproducing photographs, but my "digigraphs" also connote manipulation of the image by digital means. My "brush" is my mouse.
BA, Ma in Art University of Northern Iowa; additional studies at University of Minnesota, Arrowmont School of the Arts Gatlinburg TN; lots of lessons in the School of Hard Knocks
Accepted in 131 national/international juried exhibits; First Place awards in both national and international juried exhibits; 25+ solo exhibits including 12 in Japan. "Best of Show", international exhibit at Wee Gallery of Fine Art, Scottsdale AZ, 2013.
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