Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Denise McDermott has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and she will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.

Denise is an award-winning Australian photographic artist. Denise was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists in the gallery’s 14th Solo Art Exhibition Series. The placement in this competition qualified her art to be showcased in this feature.

Denise’s Artist Showcase feature will be promoted to over 350+ major news outlets, with inclusion on Google News & Bing News. In addition, the gallery will also be featuring and promoting her artwork in the gallery’s various social media networks for further exposure.

Below are Denise’s Artist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 images that were submitted to this competition.

 

Artist Biography

Denise McDermott is an Australian photographic artist. She was born and raised in Canada and moved to Australia as a young woman. She has been a photographer most of her life. She is equally comfortable shooting the night sky, the underwater world, landscapes, animals, studio work and macro subjects. She does not have formal qualifications in photography and is largely self-taught. She has been successful at National and International Competition level, having recently won a Gold Medal in Vigex 2018 Digital Salon of Photography and a Bronze medal in Sydney Harbour International Exhibition of Photography.

Denise recently completed two online courses called Photoshop Artistry and Awake, run by Sebastian Michaels. Because photography meets computer skill, she has become proficient in Photoshop which is Denise’s toolbox for taking photographs beyond the ordinary into the surreal. When an idea is forming, Denise will gather together some costumes and props and engage a model to help create part of the story. The story is then completed with the addition of other elements which she has also photographed and the result is a work which allows the viewer’s imagination to travel through the image and draw their own ideas into what they are viewing.

Recent themes that have inspired Denise’s work are science fiction and steampunk. Her works are often surreal and impressionistic. Denise has participated in exhibitions with 2 friends in an art gallery in her area for the past two years. Plans for the future include 2 more exhibitions this year. Denise believes the possibilities for creativity are endless once our imaginations are engaged.

 

Artist Statement

Photography is my passion and I like to take it beyond the usual, often into the surreal. My work often begins with a single image and grows to explore the possibilities of a theme. I like to create mythical scenes and place costumed models within those scenes. I recently completed two online courses called Photoshop Artistry and Awake, run by Sebastian Michaels. Because photography meets computer skill, I have become proficient in Photoshop which is my toolbox for taking photographs beyond the ordinary into the surreal.

When an idea is forming, I will gather together some costumes and props and engage a model to help create part of the story. The story is then completed with the addition of other elements which I have also photographed and the result is a work which allows the viewer’s imagination to travel through the image and draw their own ideas into what they are viewing.

I am inspired by fantasy literature and art, fairy tales and history but prefer to present an impression of a time and place rather than a literal interpretation. My work is a starting point for the viewer so that many interpretations are possible.

Denise’s website is www.imagesbydenise.net.   

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is extremely pleased to announce that Dorian Melton has been named as the Gallery’s new featured artist and he will now be promoted by the gallery for the next 14 days in the gallery’s Artist Showcase.

Dorian is an award-winning photographer based in British Columbia, Canada. He was selected as 1 of the top twelve finalists in the gallery’s 13th Solo Art Exhibition Series. The placement in this competition qualified his art to be showcased in this feature.

Dorian’s Artist Showcase feature will be promoted to over 350+ major news outlets, with inclusion on Google News & Bing News. In addition, the gallery will also be featuring and promoting his artwork in the gallery’s various social media networks for further exposure.

Below are Dorian’s Artist Biography, Artist Statement and 5 images that were submitted to this competition.

 

Artist Biography

For over 50 years, as a graphic artist, illustrator and fine artist, Dorian has worked in a fairly traditional fashion. Until recently, his approach to art-making has been quite conventional, beginning with observation, followed by drawing or painting using traditional media; pencil, ink, paints, etc.

In the past year or two, Dorian’s creative direction has experienced a major shift and as an artist, he has consciously chosen not to seek answers at the cost of long and arduous journeys, but to open himself to the quiet potential of that which lies waiting patiently beneath his feet. Dorian’s main medium now is digital image capture followed by treatment in Photoshop.

Dorian’s most recent work begins with the capture of a digital image of a section of natural texture on stone and rock surfaces on Southern Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. The image then has it’s colour and contrast adjusted for dramatic effect, but the original textured surface remains. A simple mirror effect follows, and the patterns that arise from this are explored to discover expressive possibilities. The resulting image often seems to depart from it’s original source in the outer World and begin acting as a portal to the viewer’s inner World, inviting a wide range of exotic themes from the sacred to the profane from the viewer’s mind  (due, in part, to a phenomenon known as pareidolia).

Artist Statement

With the images in this series, I seek the inner, hidden beauty in naturally occurring textures in geological formations found in the Cowichan Valley through the medium of manipulated digital imagery. My attention currently goes to spaces and things that are seemingly rendered invisible by their familiarity; rocks, cracks in the pavement, stains on various surfaces. My work has become less a vehicle for my view of the world, but more of a revealing of the stories contained in the voiceless materials around me.

Dorian’s website is www.melton.ca.   

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