Artist Statement (Image 1 + 2): For the second image, It was on the car ride to the Marne Life Institute, in California. We were going to the aquarium because my sister's favorite movie, Finding Dory, takes place there. it was near sunset, and we were driving along Highway 1. We stopped to stretch out our legs in the long car ride. and I took this beautiful picture. I want to evoke a sense of wonder and beauty in the viewer with this photo.
A Sunset into Heaven
Artist Statement (Images 3 + 4): For these pictures, we were along Highway 1 again. we pulled over at a National Seal Observation cliff. This is a picture of just 2 of the thousands of seals I saw. I did this because I wanted to get the whole beauty of the Ocean, rocks, seal, and greenery all in a picture. For me art least, this really taps into my inner love for natural nature.
Artist Statement (Image 5 + 6): I took these pictures at a rest stop along Highway 1, in California. We were in the middle of no where, with no wifi or service. The only rest stop was an artist convention in a cabin in the middle of the woods run by this really old guy. After I went to the laboratory, I saw a bunch of giant red woods, so me and my sister jumped off the deck we were on to go and play and take pictures. These trees really were ginormous, I realized as I climbed across the giant bridge a fallen tree had made.
A Fallen Giant
Artist Statement (Image 7 + 8): For The Beauty in Death, my family and I were hiking in the giant mountains of Sedona, Arizona. We actually got lost hiking, but eventually found our way back. During this expedition, I took countless photos of the amazing views of these mountains created by long gone seas, but I made an exception to my photo theme by taking pictures of a set of particular dead plants that really caught my eye. Even though they were dead, this certain set of dead plants had a sort of magnificence, radiating a sort of beauty but also an embracing sorrow. I starred at these plants for a couple minutes, separating from my family for a bit, but I didn't notice at all. I'm trying to somehow capture the feelings I had when I was entranced by the sight it, and I'm also trying to send a message that there is beauty in everything, including death, through this picture added with an oil painting filter.
The Beauty in Death
Artist Statement (Image 9 + 10): These were more pictures I took in Sedona, but on our car ride to California. It was the day after Christmas, right after a miraculous white Christmas in Arizona, and there was snow everywhere. The beauty of the sky, mountains, red ground, and snow all in one picture really was magnified on this day after Christmas. For me and many more, this was a once in a lifetime view, and I just had to capture it on camera. These pictures really evoke a sense of awe in all that is possible, and it is so beautiful, that photoshop filters only make it worse.
The Beauty of The Three Fingers
Road-Side Mountain View