Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Red House Art Gallery

Sardine Lake
Lighthouse on the Point

I am very happy to announce that four of my photographs and digital art pieces are now on display and for sale at the Red House Art Gallery in Graeagle, California.  Graeagle is located in the Sierra Nevada mountains in Plumas County about 45 miles north of Truckee and Lake Tahoe, and about 50 miles due west of Reno, Nevada.  These are the four pieces currently at the gallery and I'll be adding more soon.  The owners of Red House, Brian and Toni Carl, want to exhibit 10 of my pieces, but I'm starting with four.  The owners are really great people and have a fantastic collection of paintings, photography, jewelry, sculptures and objects d'art in a charming gallery in the heart of Graeagle.  My wife and I own a condo in Graeagle and we love the area.  It's a beautiful little town surrounded by fishing (lakes, rivers and streams), hiking, and, believe it or not, 5 championship golf courses (GOLF!).  So if your ever in the area you should definitely stop by and check it out.
Evening in the Valley 

This is the first art gallery to rep me and my work, but I certainly hope it won't be the only one.  So now I'll be working on getting my works into other galleries.  Hopefully some in San Francisco.

Abandoned Cabins

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Civil War Anniversary

Bloody Lane - Antietam

Cemetery Ridge - Gettysburg

2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War.    As a devout history buff, this is an important and very moving milestone.  I've been a history buff as long as I can remember.  As a kid Cowboys and Indians was more often Jeb Stuart leading the Calvary.  Only problem was that in my less than clear 8 year old brain Jeb and the boys were often charging the Nazis at Valley Forge.  I did eventually work out the details and even went so far as to receive a college degree in history.  Couldn't get enough of it.  Even today I would say 70% of my pleasure reading is in history.  Still can't get enough.  In fact, I feel somewhat lost if I don't have one or two history books waiting on my "to read" bookshelf.

Several years ago my wife and I travelled to Shepherdstown, West Virginia, to visit her brother and his family with the second intent to visit certain Civil War battlefields and sights in the area.  We spent time at Antietam, Gettysburg and Harper's Ferry.  Those side-trips were very emotional for me and I took many photographs of the battlefields and historical sites.  Two of those images are here.  There are more on my website.  And they are for sale at my Fine Art America Gallery.  They are also part of the website Civil War Album.

It is estimated that approx. 620,000 Americans lost their lives in that war; more than the total number of American casualties in all other wars we have fought throughout our history.  The Battle of Antietam (known as the Battle of Sharpsburg in the South), which occurred on September 17, 1862,  was the single deadliest day in American history with more than 26,000 casualties.  I believe it is very important that we recognize and honor the sacrifices made by Americans on both sides during those bloody 4 years.  So much lost, and so much gained.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

More Black & White

Angel & Cross
Dante at the Church

I've been off the blog train for some time, but now I'm back with some more black and white work.  On the left is Angel & Cross taken at a very small and somewhat remote cemetery in the tiny town of Vinton, California.  Vinton is about 30 mile due west of Reno along Highway 70 in California.  I've been through Vinton and visited this cemetery many times and on this day found the light and sky very compelling for the camera.  Cemeteries are an interest subject to photograph for me and I visit these final resting places on my travels.

On the right is Dante at the Church.  This statue of Dante Alighieri, the famous poet and writer of "The Divine Comedy", among other things, sits outside the Church of Santa Croce in Florence, Italy.  Interesting to note that Dante was exiled from Florence due to his siding with the wrong side in a struggle for power in the city/state of Florence.  So naturally they put up a statue of him to honor his contribution to art and literature.  Funny thing politics. I've made several versions of this image, color, black and white, sepia, etc., and ended up liking this black and white version the best.