Many of you know me from fine art shows in Virginia, Maryland and Florida.
This is mostly likely where you met me.
You admired my photography.
And were moved by my photographs enough to sign up for my email list.
Because you signed up, I treasure your interest in my photography, and I love sharing my passion with you all. Which is why I am writing this long post to catch you up on all that is taking place.
Perhaps you are here because you are following me on social media. Perhaps you have some passing interest that causes you to visit my website. If so welcome! I am thankful for your visit and I hope that I have given you some beautiful and moving photographs to enjoy!
Art Shows I have Participated In
As many of you know, I have spent a number of years showing my work at various fine art shows. From several appearances at the Virginia Beach Boardwalk Fine Art Festival, to annual visits to Virginia Beach's Neptune festival in the fall. As well as at other area art shows such as the now defunct Gosport Art Festival in Portsmouth in the spring and the Christmas Arts and Crafts Festival at the VB Convention Center.
I have also shown at a number of shows in Florida like the Las Olas Fine Art Fair in Fort Lauderdale and the Juno Beach Fine Art Show, among others. Also I was able to participate in other shows sponsored by Howard Alan in Maryland. I have also done a number of Sugarloaf shows in Maryland and northern Virginia, and did those shows for several years.
My Move out West
I stopped showing my photography at art shows in the spring of 2015. We were in the midst of deciding to move to Arizona. In preparation for the move out west, I sold off a lot of my business assets – from tent to trailer to walls and even a lot of my artwork.
I decided that it would be a number of years before I would show my work at an art show again. So instead of carting everything here and having my stuff waste away in storage, it was best to divest during the move.
Well, I have been out here in Arizona for a few years now, since 2016. And art shows are back on my plate! I guess once you have the art show bug, it is hard to get rid of it! Showing my photography again and sharing my passion of photography with others excites me and fuels me to go out and capture more beautiful landscapes.
Change is Good!
One of the major reasons I didn’t immediately start participating at art shows once I moved to the Phoenix area is the topic and content of my photography. As a resident of Virginia Beach, many of the photographs were of the beach and coastal scenes that those who live in the Mid-Atlantic states would easily recognize and identify with.
Or perhaps some awesome scenes from the beautiful and lush green Blue Ridge Mountains. Especially in the fall!
And I realized that the number of folks in Arizona who would love to have a beach scene hanging on their walls would be far and few between.
Not because those scenes are not beautiful.
But because those who were born and raised here would be strangers to such scenes. Rather desert and iconic scenes of the Southwest would be largely favored here in the middle of Arizona.
And so I have spent the past several years not only settling in to the area, but also traveling around and taking photographs of the region. I have been to California's Death Valley. I have visited the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley, with trips to Zion and Arches National Park in Utah, and everything in between.
Even though I haven't had as many visits to these iconic landscapes and locales as I would like, I believe that I have enough photography to show that I can begin selling again at art shows in the Phoenix area.
And the past several years have been busy, not only with moving and settling into life here in the Phoenix area, but also with a number of trips to other countries.
There have been several trips to Korea. Trips to Cambodia, Japan, Italy, Spain and Portugal. And I have had a number of visits to US locations, such as Sedona, Las Vegas, San Francisco, and Napa Valley California (and yes, the wine is awesome!).
I have expanded beyond just landscape photography to also include some travel photography as well. Added to my website is a Travel Photography collection showing some of my more favorite photographs.
I find that many good travel photographs transcends location, and often are chosen by people looking to purchase photography because these art works are different and in some way provides a window to the world beyond ourselves.
And so as I travel – often a part of landscape photography trip anyways, and sometimes not – I also take time to visit sites and take photographs of places and scenes I enjoy visiting. As always, I will select some of my best shots and add them to my travel collection!
Upcoming Art Shows
And so, with some trepidation, I have applied to a number of area art shows, and to date, have been accepted to two so far:
- One is the Sedona Arts Festival 2018 in Sedona, Arizona on the weekend of October 13th and 14th.
- The second is the Litchfield Park Festival of the Arts 2018, in Litchfield Park in the west valley on November 3rd and 4th.
And I have applied to three others as well, and am waiting to hear back from them. My fall looks like it is going to be busy. I had plans to only do three art shows this fall, but I applied to five! But I don't expect to be accepted to all five, it would be too much starting out.
Changes in My Artwork
And as I apply to art shows, I am doing things differently this time around. For instance, I will offer 20x30 canvas gallery wraps with floating frames, as well as 20x50 and 20x40 gallery wraps with floating frames. And I will also offer some large 30x40 metal prints as well. I haven't decided on doing triptychs, but I may do a few of those as well.
I have made the decision to offer large metal prints, which I have never done before.
I decided to purchase some of my own photography as large metal prints, and I have to admit that I love the look and feel. They are so vibrant and so visually enticing. I am surprised that I haven't tried metal prints sooner.
So new this year will be metal prints. I want to offer this medium to those who love my photography as much as I do!
Canvas Gallery Wraps and Floater Frames
And another decision is to place my 20x30 canvas gallery wraps in wooden floater frames to 'kick it up a notch.' I have always offered 20x30 canvas gallery wraps. And they have always been popular among those to purchase art from me.
But I have been looking for a way to ‘refresh’ the concept for a newer audience. And I believe that incorporating floater frames will bring a level of polish and finish to my artistic vision that I absolutely love.
And I believe that it provides the proud owner of my photography with that more finished and polished presentation than just a gallery wrap alone would provide.
Prints? Or No Prints?
And perhaps my biggest decision is to not sell prints at my booth.
Yea, no prints!
In the past, I offered a wide variety of prints – 5x7’s, 11x14’s, 16x20s, 24x30s. And I decided after offering prints at art shows for over five years, that they were a lot of work, and I sold few of them relatively speaking. People loved and purchased the 20x30 gallery wraps more than they ever bought my prints.
I will still offer prints for sale on my website, but the purchaser of the prints will need to take care of their own matting and framing.
However, I have also been thinking about what to provide to buyers of my photography in place of prints when they visit my booth.
So I am toying around with the idea of providing photography boxed sets of my collections on fine art paper of my photograph in lieu of selling individual prints. But I am not sure how to I would do this, or how it might work out if I tried something like this.
Limited Sizes, Limited Editions
And another decision I have made is to offer only about four sizes of my prints – two paper sizes, one canvas size, and one metal size - and to offer only 25 prints of that particular size and medium. After 25 prints of that size/medium, the size will be removed from the options. And when I get to only two print sizes/medium, I will opt to retire that print and not offer that photograph for sale.
Largely because I am always out shooting, and I am always wanting to add new stuff to my collections. Right now I am struggling to limit my collections to just 15 to 20 photographs!
But I have made the conscious effort (and it is very difficult) to limit my collections to only 15-20 photographs. These collections are intended to showcase my best work, not all of my work!
If you follow me on Instagram, you will have noticed a near daily 'Photo of the Day,' as well as on my website.
These ‘Photograph of the Day’ photographs are just that, photos of the day. Stuff I'd like to share, but not necessarily always my best stuff. Just stuff that I have shot, and I'd like to share.
Most of these will never be offered for sale, nor will they ever be printed. They are offered simply to share my work and my passion for these locations and scenes I encounter when I am out and about.
If for some reason you do see something on either my website's Photograph of the Day or in my Instagram feed that you would like to purchase as a print, I would be happy to discuss options with you. Just because I don't offer it for sale as part of a collection doesn't mean it is not available. Reach out to me and let's see what I can do for you.
My website is my online presence, as well as my social media accounts. And I have been slowly reworking my website for some time now.
I began a Photograph of the Day which I have largely kept up with since January, but will be taking a hiatus beginning this week (and I will pick back up at the end of August. I will continue to post a daily photograph on Instagram for those who are interested).
Focus on Prepping for Art Shows
There is a need to focus on printing and preparing for the upcoming art shows this fall. I have been seriously rethinking a lot of what I do so that I can bring high value for those who purchase my photography.
I am in the process of selecting what is going to be in my collections that I will offer for sale in my booth as well as on my website. This selection is currently ongoing and is beginning to solidify.
Re-working Art Store
And I will begin to offer these photographs I will sell in my booth on my website as well. I know that photographs for sale on my website is pretty sparse right now, but be patient, it will match what I will offer for sale in my booth this fall.
I am also working on getting my web store working the way I need it to work. And I am working on getting my photography collections added to my website.
For those who love my beach and coastal scenes, don't fret!
You will see many of my favorite beach and coastal scenes together as one of my collections for sale on my website. I have new beach scenes to add (in case you wanted to see more options)!
All in all, it has been a busy year. Deciding to restart my photography business; selecting art shows to show my work at (one is never sure if your art work is 'good enough' to show at art shows); selecting my best work, and showcasing them in collections. And just getting my own web presence in order!
Whew! And I am not finished yet!
I really am looking forward to meeting new folks and sharing my photography with a new audience. As well as sharing my new photography with those of you who have stuck it out with me over these years of transition. As a sign of my appreciation and my thanks, I will offer those of you on my email list a special offer as I get closer to kicking off the fall season here in Phoenix.
I am looking forward to another great fall and more places to visit and enjoy. And of course, to photograph and share with you for your enjoyment!