Wednesday, October 24, 2012

ARTIST CLOSEUP • Karen Peterson

Gallery at Marina Square Presents a “Close Up” of Artist:

Karen Peterson

Karen Peterson
I received my first camera on my ninth birthday and I enjoyed taking snapshots of my family on vacations and of friends around my neighborhood. I didn’t consider the artistic aspects of photography until my Dad gave me his old Zeiss Contaflex 35mm SLR when I was in my twenties. I began taking the occasional weekend photography seminar (Point Reyes Field Seminars was my favorite location) and joined the Palo Alto Camera Club. Showing and sharing my images with other photographers encouraged me to take my photography in new directions. I began experimenting with Polaroid films, eventually teaching short seminars on Polaroid Image and Emulsion Transfers using Polacolor film. I studied traditional black and white darkroom techniques at UC Berkley Extension in San Francisco and hand coloring using Marshall’s Photo Oils. 

Chapel Hill Sunset © Karen Peterson

Since moving to the Central Coast in 1999 I’ve been actively involved in the Central Coast Photographic Society and the San Luis Obispo Camera Club, serving terms as President of both organizations. I’m currently experimenting with various digital techniques including High Dynamic Range (HDR).
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Deb‘s Iris © Karen Peterson

Fall Color Morro Bay ©
Karen Peterson

Afternoon at the Beach © Karen Peterson
It’s in the Cards © Karen Peterson

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

ARTIST CLOSEUP • James A. Crawford

Gallery at Marina Square Presents a “Close Up” of Artist:

James A. Crawford

Award winning photographic artist James A. Crawford’s interest in art began in high school and further developed at Orange Coast College where he majored in architecture and minored in history and art. In 1966, while in Viet Nam, he purchased his first 35mm camera. Upon his return to the States, Crawford lived and worked in Laguna Beach, CA pursuing an architectural career while continuing to photograph and interact with area artists. In 1976 James moved to San Luis Obispo to further his education at Cal Poly where he majored in architecture and minored in photography. Crawford states: “I have been greatly influenced by the Brooks experience because all my professors were Brooks Institute graduates.” James continues to further his photographic education through yearly workshops with varied master photographers.

Life Tree © James Crawford

 Crawford is the recipient of first place ribbons and Best of Show awards in several photography shows and publications and has been displayed at the Photo Technique Magazine, Preston Contemporary Art Center in Mesilla, NM, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Cal Poly (SLO), SLO Arts Gallery, SLO Coast Journal, Johnson Gallery, The Photoshop, San Luis Artist’s Gallery, Gallery at Marina Square in Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo City Hall, Gallery at the Network-San Luis Obispo, Olive Tree Fine Arts Gallery in Atascadero, CA, and San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. Crawford’s work also hangs in many private collections.

Eye Heart You © James Crawford

Wild Oak © James Crawford

Crawford believes there is more to photography than looking through the camera and pressing the shutter. He says, “The camera is only part of the process. It’s where my creativity leads on the computer, or the darkroom. It is not a mere image, it is an extension of my whole self, my whole being, the sum of all my experiences and the influences of great artists I admire.” Some of those artists are Mondrian, Braque, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Klee, the architect Antonio Gaudi and the photographers Eadweard Muybridge, Wynn Bullock and Paul Strand—to name just a few. Crawford states that many artists are an influence. “I take little pieces from everything and everyone and meld it into my own vision and truth. Whether that’s from architecture, sculpture, painting, music, photography or literature.” Not all of James’ images are intended to look like either a classic photograph or a painting. James has yet to find a classification, nor do he want it to be boxed or classified.

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Monday, March 12, 2012

ARTIST CLOSEUP • Don Doubledee

Gallery at Marina Square Presents a “Close Up” of Artist:

Don Doubledee

In addition to being an artist and a photographer, Don Doubledee is an architect practicing in Morro Bay since 1982.

Sunday Morning © Don Doubledee

Don’s pen and pencil sketch art has been a hobby. He has been known primarily for his pencil portraits of employees and clients. His “Postcards of Amsterdam” series from 2001 began what Don calls his “Postcard” sketches. They feature pencil line drawings he created while traveling. His “Postcards of Morro Bay” series features pencil and ink drawings and watercolors of Morro Bay’s waterfront. In addition to graphite, colored pencil, pastels, and watercolor, Don is experimenting with mixed media with more his recent work. Don is also an amateur photographer and has added photography to his palette.

Amstel Adam © Don Doubledee
Early Birds © Don Doubledee
Godwits at Rock © Don Doubledee
Sunset Morro Rock © Don Doubledee

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


Gallery at Marina Square Presents a “Close Up” of Artist:

Jack McNeal

I am a lifelong wanderer. As a boy, living in Long Beach, I would spend hours walking in the salt flats near my home. Another place we, the kids, called the sand dunes. This was an area on the edges of Alamitos Bay that was a wasteland of dredging spoils.

With the addition of a small rowboat, this turned into exploring around the bay. By this time (ca 1948), I was beginning to occasionally carry a camera with me.
Move forward a “few” years and I still investigate places on land and water. Now I carry a camera as a full time appendage.

My inclination is to follow any trail or road that heads toward the beach. Rain, fog and big surf are also attractive to me. I try to capture a sense of place and am drawn to the obscure beaches and headlands that rarely have anyone else on them.

On the water, I paddle canoes and kayaks around Morro Bay, and other California estuaries, including Elkhorn Slough, Alamitos Bay, Newport Bay and Mission Bay and San Diego Bay. Once again, interesting weather is an attraction to me.

My work is printed on 100% rag, hot press watercolor paper and matted with 100% rag museum board. This is done in an effort to ensure that my customers will be able to enjoy my work for many years.

Late Sun on Sandspit © Jack McNeal

Beach Near Piedras Blancas © Jack McNeal

Sweet Springs © Jack McNeal

Twilight on the Strand © Jack McNeal

Hidden Beach © Jack McNeal