My friend and fellow artist, Dani Knoph, and I had the fantastic opportunity to collaborate with Lee Maynard of Fieldguide Farmhouse to exhibit new works. The new show opened this past weekend and our work will be on display throughout 2018! So if you book a stay at the farmhouse, or participate in any of the fantastic events held there this year, you'll have a chance to view (and even purchase!) the pieces. For more information, check out the links at the bottom of this post.
My good friend Dani is a talented artist who just launched her new website! We spent some time in her studio taking behind the scenes photos of her space, artwork and process. I absolutely love her work, and we have two of her prints that we're getting ready to hang in our own home. If you're also a nature and wildlife lover, I highly recommend visiting her site and following along with her on instagram. AND she has a promotion going on right now for Father's Day - check it out!!
This past winter my dear friend Dani and I had the opportunity to curate an art show at Crooked Tree Arts Center in Traverse City. We asked a group of Northern Michigan based artists to join us in the space. A huge variety of mediums were represented including photography, videography, sculpture, graphic design, embroidery, painting, and installation. Dani and I brought the amazing Erin Waineo into the mix not only as an artist, but to help create the branding for the show. She designed the logo, poster, window graphic and a number of other items including super fun custom buttons. After two great months, the show closes on May 14th, so stop in if you can!
The entry wall reads:
For this highly collaborative exhibition, emerging creative professionals and environmentally conscious artists bend convention with works of art that explore our relationship to the natural world, sense of place, seasonality, organic forms, water, and wilderness. As creative professionals we weave the natural world into our work to create a cultural legacy built on environmental stewardship, mindfulness, art, and design. These wildhearted works of art will inspire you to value and protect our land and water, with wisdom deep as Lake Michigan. Keep it wild.
A huge thank you to Crooked Tree Arts Center and all the participating artists:
Heather Gray, Erin Waineo, Dani Knoph, Aaron Dennis, Michael Kent, Nate Griswold, Nick Preneta, Katie Brines, Chelsea Dennis, Dan Shepler, Annie Lang, Jake Breed, and Deb Lanning.
I'm so excited to announce that Cali's in Traverse City will now be carrying our large scale image transfers and a select number of prints. The available pieces are currently hanging upstairs in their home goods section. I absolutely love the style and curation of this boutique and could not be happier to have work on display in this space. Happy Holidays everyone! We are headed to Santa Fe this year and can't wait to share our travels with you!
Cali's is located at 242 E. Front St. Traverse City, MI
Loons have always been one of my favorite birds. There is just something about their call echoing across the lake in the morning or evening, their pattern, the way they dive. They also represent summer because they are a migratory species. So they mean the long, light-filled, Northern days are here. A couple nights ago, before a storm came in, we were able to watch a group of three loons hunting together. The experience really hit a chord for us, especially during a time of grief for our family over the loss of my uncle, who loved this lake so much.
If you are interested in a fine art print, please contact me. And you just might see a few of these at the AuSable Artisan Village Gallery in the near future...
I have worked with Oakland based illustrator, Maria Schoettler, to photograph her awesome products before. Her watercolors feature California native plants and seasonal food, and the paintings translate so well to a variety of products she sells. Maria makes beautiful calendars, recipe and note cards, and most recently this tea towel! It will be up in her shop soon!
Custom image transfers are now available for my wedding clients! Each piece is made individually and they are all unique. The transfer shown here was created on a wood surface. Custom canvas transfers are also available. They are sealed with a protective coating and ready to hang. Contact me if you are interested!!
Spending a bit of time today working through some ideas for new pieces... Better get back to my other editing and let myself think about where this will take me...
My dad gave me his old Pentax K1000 camera when I was in high school so that I could use it for my first photography class. I loved using it and developing my first prints in the class darkroom, but my photography classes in college were strictly digital (unfortunately). I tried to pick up the camera again in college, but when my hard drive had a near meltdown as I tried to transfer some digitally scanned negatives in the lab, I was sufficiently freaked out enough to put film on the back burner again.
This past year I loaded a roll of Ilford HP5 Plus 400 35mm film - black and white - into it, and would randomly pick it up or take it with me on trips. I finally finished the roll and had it developed, and I couldn't be happier. I am IN LOVE with these portraits of my parents.
I also have shots from San Francisco, Chicago, Atlanta, Grayling, and a couple from my photo session with Matt, that I will be sharing in the coming weeks. I have a feeling this is the beginning of something new... to follow along feel free to subscribe.
It has been a long time coming, but I should finally be getting online selling together in the next couple of weeks. I am working on some print mock-ups and also some new original pieces. I will keep you posted!
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This morning I stumbled upon the book Journeys to the Far North by Olaus Murie at an estate sale. I won't get into my love of estate sales just yet, but I might be posting more quotes from this book - and a few others I picked up - in the future. Just by flipping through it, I am already excited to read it and make art inspired by it. By looking up Olaus Murie online, I am told he was a naturalist, author, and wildlife biologist who did groundbreaking research on a variety of northern mammals. He is now called the "father of modern elk management" and - this is my favorite part - he spent his honeymoon with his wife, Mardy, tracking caribou through the Koyukuk River region.
At dusk in Yosemite, I started experimenting with longer exposures. I would move the camera with the shutter open and I am really liking this effect.
I have been working with different methods of image transfers and I am hoping to get fine art print sales up and running soon... :)
I have been missing seeing my work on walls! So I was very happy to hear that my work had been accepted to the juried show, "Still Lives" at Art Works Downtown in San Rafael. The pieces are part of my series about sustainable seafood in the SF Bay Area. I am developing new work with new techniques, designed to get my images off the computer and onto walls... hope to post some of that soon!
I have wanted to use an underwater housing with a digital SLR for years now. It’s been a craving really… an intense desire to combine my love of art, photography, and being in and around water. Throughout art school I constantly wished I could find some way to get my hands on one. Last week I finally had my first opportunity to use one. Thanks to Underwater Archaeology Professor Charlie Beeker from Indiana University. Charlie asked me to come down to the Dominican Republic last week and document a research project he has been working on with his students, Peace Corps volunteers, the D.R. government, and other archaeologists. I will most likely be posting about the project in more detail in the weeks (and maybe months to come), but for now I just want to show this image and talk a little bit about how important it is for me.
I took this image on the first day Charlie handed the camera and housing over to me. He basically gave me the reigns and there I was using a multi-thousand dollar tool that I have been drooling over for years. It was pure joy. And to come away with this image, on that day, is so meaningful for me. This is not a “perfect” image. There are visible droplets on the dome port, maybe the composition could be adjusted, but for me the feeling is so right. This is, for me, an image about the experience of being in water. The droplets make it great, the alignment makes it feel real… just like a snapshot should be. This is about a moment where I was in the water with this camera for the first time, feeling such incredible happiness, and so were these kids… playing and swimming towards the end of the afternoon.
So thank you Charlie and Indiana University for giving me this experience.
Blogging is a good tool for me to get a feel for what I like to photograph. It is not surprising to me at all that the images I create over and over are of natural things, beaches, animals, trees, plants, landscapes... I am using this post to work on a series of images (some I have taken recently; some I am re-editing). I want to see which images, taken over the past few years, work together and how I can selectively edit to create a body of work.
 Birds, Tule Elk Reserve, CA
 Elk, Tule Elk Reserve, CA
 Baby White Tailed Deer, MI
 Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Munising, MI
 Queen Anne's Lace, Leelanau Penninsula, MI
 Ginko Leaf & Butterfly, Ann Arbor, MI
 Flowers, San Ignacio, Belize
 Toucan, Belize
 Toucan, Belize
 Nettle Jellyfish, Bay Aquarium, CA
 Crocodile, Madagascar
 Moab, UT & Eastern Colorado