Being a landscape oil painter and passionate to be just outdoors taking photographs; for the last 7 years I’ve been immersed in a medium which actually combines both in-a-sense. Scanning is an intriguing alternative process for capturing images; notable differences between Photography and Scan-ography are making a photograph instead of taking one, and the ability to “touch-up” an image, as any professional photographer who utilizes a Photoshop program might share, is similar to Painting.
Inspired watching a program on pressed flowers; I had an epiphany on showcasing plant life without crushing the depths of petals, stems and leaves. Plant enthusiast that I am I ventured out from my woods & gardens and scanned several flowers on my flatbed scanner. Leaving the scanners lid up and off, the outcome had a surprising unique appearance. Infatuated with the process and the scanners ability to illustrate exquisite, vibrant true-colors; I’ve become a ‘Digital Florist’ sort-to-speak, arranging plants and flowers on the glass plate, creating Botanical prints as my “Garden Art Collection”.
While Botanical art encompasses a range of styles; my focus has been to illustrate using technology and the scanners capacity for a three dimensional imagery. This fairly new approach to art preserves and showcases each flowers detail, uniqueness, beauty, personality AND… is not limited to just plant life.
However, this tedious art form is not for everyone. Those of us, who have embraced this style, possess the patience to create in reverse or backwards for the benefit of the scanner, (which you may know captures the image from underneath the subject). We may not all have dyslexic qualities, but it takes the ability to visualize in reverse, as well as not mind sitting with a computer screen for great lengths of time! As for me, living in the Pacific Northwest, under rain clouds for months on end, created an active imagination which produced these Fine Art Prints.
From the great outdoors and my studio, I hope you enjoy my web gallery