Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Earth, Pine and Fire

I am an artist and photography is the medium though which I tell stories, evoke emotion and help people see things differently.  Nature is a favorite subject of mine, making the care and preservation of our earth an important message woven into my images.


Thanks to an amazing opportunity, I will be opening my first solo show this Saturday, November 14th, during the weekend of festivities to kickoff the 20th Anniversary of the Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival.  The opening event is being sponsored by Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy.  These folks are huge advocates for prescribed burning as well as all the plants and animals in the pine ecosystem.  If you have been following me for a while, you know this pairing means I am in high cotton, or should I say, tall pines?!


Earth, Pine and Fire:  Nature in Harmony is the title of the show, and the Thomasville Center for the Arts Studio 209 is the place.  Thanks to the amazing gallery director, Darlene Blackman, I am sure the show will be hung beautifully and the metal surface of the works will shimmer as they remind us of the wonders of the forest and the importance of the conservation work being done by Tall Timbers.


If you have never been to the Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival, this year would be the perfect time to check out their amazing array of events celebrating top notch artists from around the globe who specialize in art for nature lovers and outdoor sportsmen.  You can also enjoy music, food, fashion, flowers, plen air painting and more.  If your dance card is full and you can’t get to the festival, my show will be hanging through the holidays, so go enjoy Thomasville - a gem of a Southern town.  To learn more about our region’s pine forests and their fascinating ecosystems, I highly recommend the recent PBS documentary, Secrets of the Longleaf Pine.  It will be an hour of your time well spent.


Congratulations to the winners and nominees of the 2015 Business in the Arts Awards - Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood; Regions Bank; Aldridge, Borden & Company; and Stifel. I was honored to create the artwork presented to the winners by the Montgomery Area Business Committee for the Arts.  A standing ovation for Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange was well deserved when he was given the highly touted Arts Leadership Award.  Our community is fortunate to have great leaders who understand the importance of the arts and what they mean to our quality of life.  You can read more here. I encourage you to support the arts and cheer others who do the same.

Thank you for supporting this artist and keeping the Camera Journey going.