I am thrilled to see the Queen on display at the Museum of the Southwest for the Midland Arts Association Spring Show. The photograph depicts downtown Bryan, TX and measures 16x20 inches. I used fiber-based paper and a darkroom to produce the piece. The opening reception will be Thursday, April 18, 6-8 PM.
The 2nd annual Artisan Art Walk was held on Friday and Saturday at Building G at the Ector County Coliseum. Artists from across the Permian Basin converged in Odessa to show their work, and I brought several 16x20 enlargements. I had a great time.
On TX 302, trucks groaned and paced between Odessa and Kermit. Notree’s sign marked the road and endured. Grass jostled. In town, mailboxes stood outside an abandoned gas station and held letters. I stared at a cafe, unoccupied. Brush filled the open terrain.
Burn bright, my first experience with a photo darkroom was in an Odessa school. I rolled film, listened to music and printed for a journalism class. I cut my teeth at ball games and saw photos of the plains and realized a documentary path.
After college, I worked at a newspaper and ventured across the High Plains in my free time and met a place called Happy. I saw grain elevators and brick streets. I watched kernels of wheat sway in the wind and viewed Palo Duro Canyon, an inverted mountain. Furthermore, a friend gifted an 8x10 enlarger, and I entered a world of large-format photography. However, I moved to Austin for work and watched my newly found Eden shrink in the rearview.
So happy it hurts, after five years in the city and a stay at Navasota, I returned to Odessa with an appreciation for studio arts and pulled the 8x10 enlarger from storage to open a darkroom named the Dry Plate Factory & Press. From my shop, I can keep an eye on my home and toil inside, a picture maker absorbing light.
Odessa Arts received a grant to promote reading citywide. The Ellen Noël Art Museum showcased illustrations by Heidi Pitre, an Austin-based artist applying pen and ink to book cards. I enjoyed the show.
I have a piece on display in the Permian Basin Juried Art Exhibition going on now at the Ellen Noël Art Museum in Odessa.