(See the “About” page here.)
I began creating photographic art when I was fifty-seven (2017).
And I seemed to be good at it. At least, that’s what some people said.
But was I really? Some professional, third-party validation would be reassuring.
So I began submitting work to competitions.
In January of 2018, “Grace by Twos” received an honorable mention (category, Amateur/Nature) in the 2017 Monochrome Awards, International Black and White Photography Contest. There were 8,942 entries from 87 countries.
In March of 2018, “When Tree Stumps Dream” was one of about sixty works selected for exhibit in the juried 4th Annual Allegany National Photography Competition and Exhibition. There were over 500 entries from 165 photographers in 32 states.
In June of 2018, “Storm” was selected as one of 30 images for an international, juried photography exhibition “The Abstract Image” by the Praxis Gallery and Photographic Arts Center in a Minneapolis, MN.
That was good enough for me. And I decided that I didn’t need to keep spending time and money on pursuing awards.
I do still enter now and then–if I happen upon a show that is looking for something that is clearly a good fit for what I do.
But better rewards come from regular people.
Here are more recent awards:
In July 2023, “Getting Underway” was one of 24 images selected for gallery display at the national, juried exhibition, “Vision: Black and White” (1-20 August 2023), at Black Box Gallery in Portland, Oregon. (See the exhibit online here.)
In July of 2023, “Distractification” was selected from about 450 entries for the 2023 Will’s Creek Competition & Exhibition of Fine Art (26 Aug – 23 Sep). This year, the national, juried exhibition includes works from 26 artists.
This one is what I like to call “digital mixed media”–a combination of digital painting and photography.