Eye on Artists
Photography by Dr. Steven OBrien, former Colorado Mountain College professor William Meriwether and GSPI photographer Kelley Cox is on display through June 30 at Local Hang-ups Gallery & Framing, 309 14th St., Glenwood Springs. An artists reception will run from 5-7 p.m. Saturday at the gallery.Artist statement: I love nature and outdoor activities. My 35-millimeter camera has been my way of expressing that. Ive never got into planning a sunrise or waiting hours for a bald eagle to fly by. I like to wake up, pull my head out of the tent and say, look at this lighting. The thing that motivates me is nature flowers, closeups. If wildlife is around, thats great.Artist background: I grew up on the Eastern Slope in Littleton and moved here in July 1998. I wanted to get out into the Western Slope for the outdoor activities and there was a job opening. I attended medical school and completed my internship and residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver. Medical school did not make me a photographer, though.Artist education: I took CMCs darkroom class and read a few books. Ive been told I have an eye, and I definitely conceal it. I have 10,000 35-millimeter slides at my house. Im pursuing a digital darkroom at my home so I can work with the negatives using a high-end scanner so I can work with them in Photoshop.Shows and gallery exhibitions:n The lobby at GMA serves as my permanent galleryn All-members show at Glenwood Center for the Artsn Local Hang-ups Gallery & Framing, three-person show, 2005Family information: Im single and dating. I have a lab, Lucky the Wonderdog who, along with my camera, are really my most consistent companions.How did you get started as an artist? I would have to say Ive been taking photographs since childhood. I know Im a very visual person. I asked for a 35-millimeter Pentax camera for high school graduation in 1983 its 22 years old, and I still use it. In the early 90s I had the opportunity to experiment with a friends 28-200-millimeter zoom lens. I think thats when my photography came into its own. It really took off in the early 90s and after when I added my own lens to my 35-millimeter captures. I can take more interesting photos from the trail. I always have it on my hip on a holster. Ive framed a few of my photos and given them as presents. And I decorated the GMA lobby with my photos and have sold a few.What do you do in your free time? Im out there hiking, rafting, backpacking and backcountry skiing. Backpacking is probably my favorite thing to do. I just returned from a week-long raft trip on the Green River. I dont go to the outdoors for my photography. My photography comes when I go outdoors. It has really developed along with my love for the outdoors.Whats your favorite medium? I shoot mostly color slides or transparencies.Whos your favorite artist? Ansel Adams probably comes to mind for so many nature photographers, but I feel a connection to John Fielders work. As a Colorado native with as much knowledge of the state and love for photography as he had, I see myself as a kindred spirit to John Fielder. I feel like I could have been him, but Im a doctor instead.What or who is your biggest influence? The beauty and diversity of nature influences me the most. Like the river, if you take a hike at a different time of the day or a different season, its always different. Twelve hikes can be 12 different experiences.
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