A former art director, Francis funneled his passion for photography into his artwork. His striking floral photographs ”invite the viewer to see not only incredible detail but also the grace of the subject as a whole.” Those details are surprising to both the artist and the viewer. ”Many seem foreign, even otherworldly,” says Francis.
This artist works on commissions for a diverse group of clients around the country. While she has shot a variety of subjects, her works featuring elegant, almost regal barnyard animals are especially captivating. “They all have something to teach us, to make us smile,” Martin says, “and they even manage to slow us down if we let them.”
Russ’s process is a bit unorthodox even by artistic standards. He leaves the studio behind to capture natural subjects while on the road. “Living in my car and sometimes sleeping out in the forest helps me feel more connected to what I’m photographing,” says Russ. When he isn’t hitting the road, the artist resides in Portland, OR.
This former horticulturist’s colorful floral paintings start with a captured moment. “I take photos of landscapes and specific plants I know well, often using the pictures to spark my imagination,” she says. The artist’s work, using gouache, ink, and watercolor on paper, is always inspired by what surrounds her. “There is an ever-changing exhibit in my home of leaf, seed, flower, and fruit. This close contact creates a deep well of images for me to draw from.”
Ry Smith’s artistic path was forged at an early age: 10, to be exact, when he set up his own darkroom to process his photos. Along the way, he attended Princeton and Stanford and worked as an inventor and a product designer. In his creative work, the goal is to reduce things to essentials. “I love nature just as it is, but in my art, I like to create something unique,” says Smith. “That’s what I try to do with my animals. They’re still easy to recognize by shape, but I have fun with the colors.”