My pixel art is eclectic, but of two principal types—manipulated and as-shot. My manipulated images are of scenes that do not or did not exist in reality. For example, I might bring together people from several actual photographs taken in different places and combine them to make an intriguing grouping in a single image. In the process of photographing people and places to use as raw materials for these images, I often have taken photographs that are very appealing without manipulation.
The reason why I create pixel art is certainly a response to the creative urge, but engaging viewers is also very important to me. I learned early that to make a viewer pause for a look, I must reward the eye that lingers. So I strive to create paintings and images that elicit an emotional reaction—joy, disgust, humor, sadness, whatever. If my artworks can engage a viewer to share a few moments, then my art is worthwhile.
Here is a downloadable PDF of awards and exhibits.
Panicle is in a limited edition of 50. It was selected in an international competition to be in an exhibit at the Yeiser Art Gallery in June, 2015. There were 893 entries to the competition, of which only 75 were selected. The juror was Sarah Sudhoff, Executive Director of the Houston Center for Photography and a former photo editor for Texas Monthly and Time magazines.
Crustacean Steering Committee (limited edition of 50) was winner of the first place prize in the annual juried competition and exhibition sponsored by the Gilbert Visual Arts League in Arizona. The exhibit was held at the Historical Museum during March 2015. Jurors for the competition were the members of the League's Board of Directors. Two other images were also selected in the competition for the exhibit: Track/Shoes and Oh, My!
Food for the Gods and Spinal Rupture were selected for the Citation competition and exhibit held at the Mesquite Arts Center in February 2015. The event was sponsored by the Texas Visual Arts Association. Jurors were Vicki Mahan, Chair of Art and Photography at Richland College, and Matt Anzak, Art Director for LuminArte Gallery. There were 147 entries to the contest, of which 44 were selected.
Molten Train was awarded Honorable Mention in the international photography competition and exhibit entitled Transportation, sponsored by the New York Center for Photographic Art. Over 700 images were submitted; only 40 were selected as winners. The juror, Lester Lefkowitz, is a renowned photographer with major clients such as Microsoft and General Motors, and author of four books on photography.
Four Flights was selected by juror Kurt Mutchler for inclusion in an exhibit at the PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury, Vermont during June, 2014. Over 900 entries were received in the international competition, only 40 of which were selected. Kurt Mutchler is the Executive Editor of Photography for National Geographic magazine and has photo edited more than 125 stories for National Geographic.
Jellyfish and Self-Centered were selected in December 2013 by juror Christiona Owen as winners in the Professional Women Photographers International Photography Competition. Over 1100 images were entered in the event; only 83 were chosen for the exhibition. Jellyfish was honored as a Juror's Selection and appeared in the 2014 edition of Imprints. Self-Centered received Honorable Mention. Christiona Owen is the Director of the Steven Kasher Gallery in Manhattan and has worked with Guggenheim Asher Associates, international art advisory consultants.
City Living was selected by juror Jim Brandenburg for the Ambient Light Exhibit displayed at the Minneapolis-St. Paul MPLS Photographic Gallery in the fall of 2013. Over 1600 images were submitted to the competition; only 70 images were selected. Brandenburg has been a contract photographer for the National Geographic Society for more than 30 years and his work includes a US Postal stamp collection. In 2014, City Living was also selected by juror Mary Anne Redding for an exhibit in June at the Yeiser Art Gallery in Paducah. Redding is a professor at Santa Fe University of Art and Design and author of Through The Lens.
Troupe and Icemen were selected by a panel of three judges (John Guider, Nathalie Daoust, and Laura El-Tantawy) as winners in the Paducah Photo 2013 Contest. There were 550 entries from around the world, from which only 74 were selected. The exhibit was at the Yeiser Art Center in the summer of 2013. Icemen was also honored with the "Best In Show" award in the 2014 Texas Visual Arts Association exhibit juried by Liliana Bloch, art gallery owner and member of Dallas County Arts Council.
Move Back was selected by a panel of judges as a Finalist in the 32nd Annual Spring Photography Contest co-sponsored by Photographer's Forum magazine and Sigma. The jurors were Ann Cutting, Gene Strickland, and Sherri Taylor. Over 12,000 images were submitted to the contest from 62 countries; 1,560 were selected and were published in Best of Photography 2012. Move Back also was selected by juror Andrew Binkley to be in the Kaua'i Society of Artists' 2011 exhibit where it was selected for the Paul Yardley Award for Excellence.
Troupe was selected by juror Andrea Mellard for the "The Portrait: Up Close and Personal" exhibit at MPLS Photo Center in July & August, 2012. There were over 1,600 entries to the contest, from which only 75 images were selected for the exhibit. Mellard is Curatorial Associate at the Austin Museum of Art.
Waiting was selected by juror Madeline Yale Preston to be in the MPLS Photo Center "Off the Cuff" exhibit in 2012. There were 1,100 entries to the competition from photographers in 12 countries, only 73 of which were selected for the exhibit. Yale is a curator and photography consultant to auction houses in the Middle East and London. She was formerly Executive Director for the Houston Center for Photography.
Culture Clash earned Honorable Mention in the 2011 international photography competition sponsored by the Professional Women Photographers organization in New York. The competition was judged by Pulitizer Prize-winning photojournalist Ruth Fremson. Over 1,000 photographs were entered in the contest, of which only 52 were chosen.
Body Language was selected by juror Karen Irvine for inclusion in the Paducah Photo 2011 competition exhibited at the Yeiser Art Gallery in Kentucky. Only 76 photographs were selected from over 1,000 entries. Irvine is curator of the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago.
On Edge was selected by juror David Travis for inclusion in MPLS Photo Center “UrbanView/Rural Sight” 2011 exhibit. There were 1,200 entries into the contest, of which only 80 were chosen. Travis was Curator at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Cart 505 and Hard Times Early were both selected by juror Ken Merfeld for inclusion in the Kentucky National 2010 photo competition and exhibit. Over 1,000 images were entered in the contest; only 50 photographs were chosen for the exhibit. Ken Merfeld is a professional photographer for blue-ribbon companies including American Express, Apple Computers, Kodak, United Airlines, and Gucci.
Retreating Zebras and Tidy Kiosk were both selected by juror Michael Johnson for inclusion in Paducah 2010 international photo contest and exhibit. There were 1,190 entries; only 101 were chosen. Johnson is Professor of Photography at Murray State University.
Tokyo Tower was selected by juror Carol McCusker for inclusion in the 2010 Wall Space Gallery (Seattle) “New Directions” competition and exhibit, which was also displayed at 23 Sandy Gallery (Portland). There were over 1,000 entries; only 45 were selected. McCusker was Curator of Photography at the San Diego Museum of Art.
Hibiscus Stamen won First Honorable mention in the 2009 Honolulu Magazine photography contest and was published in the December issue of the magazine.