The VC Art Gallery: A series of articles showcasing the work of VoiceCatcher6 artists. Each artist shares her work, her sources of inspiration, the “why and how” of what she does, and a challenge for you to use her work as a springboard for your own. We hope this series will prompt a lively dialogue between and among authors and artists that will expand creativity possibilities for everyone.
Curated by April Bullard
“I’ve been hooked on photography since 1981 when I won my first award at the Iowa State Fair. In those days I used a 35-mm single-lens reflex camera—and lots of film.
My husband John and I moved from Ames, Iowa, to Portland in 2001, following a son and his family. As an Oregonian, I’ve changed my camera’s focus to mountains, oceans, and forests, instead of prairies, skies, and farm landscapes.”
What’s special about Jean’s art:
“In 2007, I made the switch to digital. But many of the photographs I am proudest of, even today, were captured on film and enhanced digitally. One of my award-winning photographs in the 2009 Intel-sponsored “Oregon Naturally” competitions was of a crop harvest, Wallowa Mountains in the background—the best of both worlds!”
“I am motivated to photograph scenes with an aura of transience: landscapes with a once-in-a-lifetime sky, scenes with perfect light in the moment, old structures and trees that are hanging on to their last grasp—such as my “Crooked” house photograph published in VoiceCatcher6.”
What’s next for Jean:
“Another tool, besides my trusty camera, is a pen that fits my fingers just right. I enjoy writing as well as photography, and I am currently working on a novel. It’s completed, except I can’t stop revising.”
The Artist Challenge:
Put yourself in one of Jean’s landscapes. What are you doing, seeing, feeling, experiencing in the pear orchard or at the Painted Hills or in the magenta field? Where does one of these photos send you in your own creative landscape? Share your work here with the VC community by pasting it into the comment box.