Just notified that "Inner Peace" received honorable mention in Broward Art Guild in Think Pink Exhibit. I titled this piece "Inner Peace" since that's exactly how I felt when I first saw this view. The light was falling fast and I was in my head with concerns about where I was going to spend the night. Driving back home from my artist residency at Great Smoky Mountains National Park I took a side trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains. I pulled over to a parking lot to make reservations and couldn't get reception. Then a family arrived. They told me where to go, made reservations and as a bonus recommended a wonderful restaurant. Forever grateful for the lesson and blessings of grace in the form of helpful people.
Reception this Saturday, Oct 2, 4:30-8:30pm. Also to view and/or view online, https://art.browardartguild.org/category/think-pink. Or, simply contact me directly.
From all the possibilities, honored to have "Whiteout" selected as the gift given to the 300 plus volunteers at Great Smoky Mountains National Park for National Volunteers Week 2021. It was printed on lens cloth to use on glasses and camera lenses. Sized 6.5 x 6.5 inches. Along with the cloth they received my interpretative statement:
Sometimes the weather forecasts get it right. It said that starting at Noon on Friday a front would roll into the Great Smoky Mountains area. They predicted a 100 percent chance of rain for the next 36+ hours.
Like clockwork, the rain came. It started pouring just as I arrived at the top of Grotto Falls!
The rain continued for several days.
With this being the last weekend of my Artist Residency at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, I decided to brave the constant rain and return that Sunday to a place I had visited often for sunrise and sunset. The camera, the tripod, and I all wore rain gear.
For an hour I watched and waited, as "smoke" slowly drifted lower and lower across the valley at Morton's Overlook, to capture this decisive moment of clouds, mist and fog over the Smokies.
Phoenix, GRSM Artist-In-Resident
First weekend in May started with wonderful coverage in The Mountain Press. Thanks Juli Neil and TMP for running article on story behind the "Disappearing Hemlock" photograph taken during my Artist in Residence at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Biggest TY goes to GSMNP forester Jesse Webster for working so hard to save these trees and the eco-systems they support.
So honored that one of my images inspired a reporter to research this conservation story.
Sunsets to stir your soul...
"Blazing Sunset" and "Pa hay okee Sunset" have been selected for the Business for the Arts of Broward 2021 Art & Soul Annual Exhibit. Show runs online from May 1 - 31.
Blazing Sunset: The sky lit-up as if on fire this late fall night of freezing temperatures and bone-chilling winds at the highest elevation in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and in Tennessee, Clingmans Dome at 6,643 feet.
Pa-hay-okee Sunset: Photographed in Everglades National Park on a cool and windy early spring evening. Pa-hay-okee is Seminole for grassy river. It bought me such peace to experience this sunset. It was a surprisingly cool March evening. The expanse of the Everglades went on and on with occasional grunts from alligators and a distinctive "rattling" sound which to my relief I found out later was from the box rattle moth. A sunset to remember.
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Honored to be among the 22 artists whose works were juried into this important exhibition at ArtServe spotlights our changing environment caused by human destruction.
My piece "Disappearing Hemlock" was photographed during my Artist in Residency at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I was so taken with the golden sun rays passing through the forest mixing with the warm scents of fall, allspice, cinnamon, and lemon. Later I learned that this beauty belies the massive destruction all around. Forests throughout the Smokies are undergoing a major ecological shift due to the die-off of millions of hemlocks caused by the hemlock woolly adelgid. This nonnative forest insect pest is believed to have come to the United States in the early 1900s from Japan, transported over by humans.
First discovered in the park in 2002, humans continue to spread the insects through firewood. Forestry experts say their loss will affect everything from stream temperatures to forest composition. Although hemlocks can live up to 600 years, a woolly adelgid can kill a tree in just three to 10 years.
24" x 36" on metal
Honored to be asked to write a guest blog for the Friends of the Smokies. This organization is the primary sponsor for the Artist-In-Residence program at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Writing this article was a wonderful way to relive so many special adventures to capture the beauty and wonder of this land, its nature, its spirit and the essence of the pioneers who settled here and gave up their homesteads so we could enjoy this park today. Click to Read the Blog Post.
Recently back from incredible Artist-in-Residence experience at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There were so many new experiences for me here... from autumn's splendor to winter's interruptions, to close encounters with elk, deer and bear to the drama of the Milky Way, to bone chilling winds at the top of the park's 6,600' highest peak to hiking to magnificent waterfalls oftentimes scrambling over rocks and boulders.
Please check out my photography gallery of the "best of the best" of my favorite moments in the park here.
And, gratefully, I was pleasantly surprised that four of the images have sold already along with numerous greeting card sets. If interested in any, just drop me a note and I'll custom create size and material of your choice....aluminized metals, matted prints, canvas, sets of greeting cards.
I must admit, after being away for over five weeks, there was a little bit of an adjustment returning to the "real world". And, it's show time again. The biggest art shows in South Florida began with Art Basel and Art Miami. I'm grateful to have been juried into the ENDANGERED Exhibit for the seventh year. Also, I was asked to speak on "How I Got That Shot".
Wishing you continued, abundant blessings and a most joyous New Year. Thanks for viewing and being in my life.
Follow the Light!
Pictured Above, L to R: White Out, Buck at Cades Cove, Sunrise at Maloney Point; Middle: Yosemite Daybreak
Intuitive Soul Photographer of nature, wildlife and people. Be inspired!