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See all my work on my website:
http://www.jpcgpdx.com

Read my blogs at:
http://blogs.jpcgpdx.com

I will be particiapting in the following art shows. If you are in the neighborhood, stop by and say hello!

(1) 48th Annual Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, Fine Arts Craft Faire
George Rogers Park, Lake Oswego, Oregon
June 24, 25 & 26, 2011
(2) 2011 Bellevue Arts Museum artsfair
Bellevue Square and Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA
July 29, 30 & 31, 2011
(3) 2011 Sunriver Art Faire
The Village at Sunriver, Sunriver, OR
15 minutes from Bend, OR
August 11th & 12th, 2011
(4) 2011 Art Fair Jackson Hole
Miller Park, corner of Millward and Deloney Avenue…

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  • Born on June 15
  • Joined July 29, 2010

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Canon 1ds Mark III, Canon 5d Mark II, L series Lenses, Epson Stylus Pro 4800, Epson and Moab Paper, Manfrotto Tripods, LowePro backpacks, Photoshop, Lightroom, NIK Plugin Software

About

See all my work on my website:
http://www.jpcgpdx.com

Read my blogs at:
http://blogs.jpcgpdx.com

I will be particiapting in the following art shows. If you are in the neighborhood, stop by and say hello!

(1) 48th Annual Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, Fine Arts Craft Faire
George Rogers Park, Lake Oswego, Oregon
June 24, 25 & 26, 2011
(2) 2011 Bellevue Arts Museum artsfair
Bellevue Square and Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA
July 29, 30 & 31, 2011
(3) 2011 Sunriver Art Faire
The Village at Sunriver, Sunriver, OR
15 minutes from Bend, OR
August 11th & 12th, 2011
(4) 2011 Art Fair Jackson Hole
Miller Park, corner of Millward and Deloney Avenue
Beautiful Downtown Jackson Hole, WY
August 19-21, 2011
(5) 2011 West Linn Art Festival
Willamette Park, between Tualatin Avenue and Volpp Street
West Linn, OR (suburb of Portland)
September 10-11, 2011
(6) 2011 Best of the Northwest Art and Fine Craft Show
Pier 91 - Smith Cove Cruise Terminal
Seattle, WA
November 18-20, 2011

Here is a little bit about myself...
I was born and raised in Upstate NY. I garnered my first camera in my late teens. I thought of it as an interesting hobby and no more. I took the manual SLR camera out with me whenever I could. I made lots of mistakes. I always tried to learn from them and strived to do better the next time I went out.

It started really clicking when I started to travel. Seeing new places always make people take photos, and I certainly took my share. But I coupled this with my urge to do better. I studied the works of others and the principles of design. I slowly learned the difference between a good picture and an exceptional image.

I concentrated on nature subjects by no special plan. I took many pictures of many different subjects, but the ones that brought me the most satisfaction, were the nature based ones. So really, it was happiness that determined which way to go. Mother Nature is the most profound artist there will ever be and is the main reason why I do, what I do. Mother Nature does all the hard work, I just show up for the performance.

And then it really started coming together when people would say that my images were just as good as what were appearing in magazines. I started submitting to publishers around the country. I got a ton of rejections, but I also got a few publication credits.

But my ultimate goal was to sell prints of my work. The most satisfying feeling any creative person can have, is seeing their work admired by others. If you can, for just a few moments, take people away from their busy lives and see things in a different way, well, that is just about the greatest feeling in the world. This is the second reason why I do, what I do.

Mantras
1. Do not try to beat Mother Nature, it will make her angry.
2. Regardless of the weather, there are always images to be had, you just have to look for them.
3. When you are concentrating on one image, don't forget to look behind you, there might be something even better over there.
4. Trust your instincts and always strive for more. Be your own worst critic.
5. Carpe Diem. Work until you are exhausted. It is interesting how creative you can be in altered states of consciousness.
6. Study the works of others - what makes their work so special? But then don't go out and imitate them, work on creating your own personal voice.

Influences
People: First and foremost, Edward Weston. His unique vision, ability to make an ordinary object look extraordinary and breadth/depth of work, are his greatest traits. Also: David Muench, Galen Rowell, Art Wolf, William Neill and William Garnett. Beyond Photographers, I admire the work of Miro, Picasso, Kandinsky, Albers and Mondrian.
Books: The Life Library of Photography series, Photography by Upton and London
Places: Southern Utah, Southern California Deserts, The Pacific Coast, The Adirondack Mountains.

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