Twenty years ago, David Slivka took a Cord Camera photography class, and this ignited his passion for travel photography. David began taking road trips throughout the United States and Canada. What excited him most about his earliest photography adventures was having the opportunity to share powerful images and sharp color. In 2006, he traveled from the Netherlands to Italy, and he discovered architecture and landscapes that took his breath away. For his viewers, David wanted to capture the wonder he felt when he came upon these spectacular scenes. David continues to travel. His recent collections are of trip to Nepal.
Avery Martin Smith uses painting and photography to visually convey what he cannot verbally communicate. His art is a patchwork of layered images, sampled patterns, colors, and language to make an image reminiscent of growing up in rural Indiana.
His work is a personal commentary on his thoughts, feelings, and memories of rural Indiana, discussing themes of money, racism, blue-collar work, addiction, and violence. He explores these themes through his influences in music, literature, fashion, and history, using them as elements in a visual language that accurately depicts how rural Indiana shaped him as a person and an artist.
Jennifer A Herrold’s paintings create an unnatural narrative or an accumulation of short occurrences beyond a decorative surface. They capture when a bird or airplane were in the sky or when a curler fell at the salon- caught in midair.
“If these objects were animated, the birds would fly by, the plane would continue on to its destination, the curler would fall, but the rest of the painting would remain relatively still. People, animals and objects appear by some dictation of timing. As a visual artist, I dictate the migration of the birds, the flight pattern of the airplane, the time of day- when they appeared within the picture frame. I do not stray from the form we know represents a bird, an airplane, an ordinary object, but often their treatment and tension together tells a story that does not exist in nature.”