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A glance, a stare, a lyric, a person, a past experience, a book, a dream. Time is limited, thoughts are not. Singular and collective inspirations transformed into art, pure or imaginary. That is how an image, a sketch, a painting, a collage becomes a reality for me.
At times it feels as if thoughts have a mind of their own. Sometimes they remain dormant, waiting to collectively contribute to the artistic endeavor. Other times they are impatient and cannot wait for that precise moment to take a ride on a brush, pen, pencil or crayon.
My enjoyment is in the process of thought becoming concrete, dimensional. I see what I feel and that overpowers the sense of feeling what I see. An inward expression that becomes visual. For me, more often than not, the more the toil the greater the reward. That is art. It shakes my senses.
I am an orthopedic surgeon, yet while growing up, drawing, cameras and creating images was part of my pastime. In the 1970’s, my orthopedic professor, an accomplished photographer, mentored me in the art of image capture and darkroom techniques. I learned to use and develop diverse films and photographic papers, apply filters, vary chemical processing or layer images as a few of the methods to achieve an artistic image. From there I continued with a self-taught creative journey. Inspiration also comes from choosing workshops and one on one instruction with accomplished artists. Just as medicine evolves, so does the artistic process. Each work of art is meant to evoke an emotional response, unique to the individual observer.
From beginning to end, all art work comes from my eyes and hands. Contemplating the subject matter inspires me to print a pure photograph or use an image as inspiration for mixed media or interpretive art. I may choose any combination of filters, digital tools, collaging, freehand drawing, pigments and gels to create a unique, aesthetically pleasing work of art.
Represented by Gallery 89, 1009 Lincoln Avenue, Steamboat Springs, CO
Walker Fine Art Gallery, Denver, CO
In Home Studio/Display of Works, Steamboat Springs, CO
Artists’ Gallery of Steamboat, Featured Artist, July 2010
Artists' Gallery of Steamboat, Featured Artist, February 2011
Creekside Cafe, Featured Artist, July 2011, Steamboat Springs, CO
Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts, Featured Artist, (Jim Gmeiner: Art Beyond Photography-2013), July 2013
Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts, Featured Artist, (Jim Gmeiner: Art Beyond Photography-2013), February, 2014
Walker Fine Art Gallery, Denver, CO. Selected Photogapher, Month of Photography, Denver, CO, April, 2018
Gallery89, Steamboat Springs, CO. Featured Artist, February, 2018
Yampa Valley Arts and Gallery Guide, Summer/Fall 2013, Cover Image, "Horizontal Divide".
Yampa Valley Arts and Gallery Guide, Winter 2012, Cover Image, "Drafting Companions"
Finalist, "Little Chief", Camera USA 2012 Photography Contest, von Liebig Art Center, Naples, FL.
2012 University of Colorado Hospital New Patient Tower Art Collection: 11 images selected for permanent collection.
Finalist, "Stargazer: The Art of Beauty and Grace", Camera USA 2015 Photography Contest, von Liebig Art Center, Naples, FL.
Finalist, "Angelic Mane", 2016 Art for Horses Show and Sale. An Exhibit of Human Creativity for the Benefit of the Equine Spirit. PACE Center, Parker, CO.
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