Member Since: May 2009
Nature is the fundamental basis of my art. My studio is the landscape in all its forms, from abstractions and patterns to bold, sweeping vistas (and even the urban landscape as well). Much of the satisfaction I derive from photography is the visceral... more
|Artist Statement:||Nature is the fundamental basis of my art. My studio is the landscape in all its forms, from abstractions and patterns to bold, sweeping vistas (and even the urban landscape as well). Much of the satisfaction I derive from photography is the visceral process of venturing out to make images — the silence of fog broken only by the sound of the camera shutter; the soft crunch of snow underfoot on a winter morning; the fluttering colors of descending leaves in the forest on a Fall afternoon.
My artistic influences are myriad and divergent, but my work is particularly inspired by the beautiful aesthetic of eastern art, philosophy, and poetry — especially the art of the Japanese masters of the Edo period. In keeping with the influence of Zen on my life, I eschew theories and philosophies about photography.
An avid traveler, I have ventured across most of the US, and visited Mexico, Greece, Germany, Greenland, India and Canada. I currently reside in the metro area of Nashville Tennessee, where I find beauty in all four seasons.
|Education:||BA St Edward's University -- Austin, Texas
AAS Art Institute of Houston -- Houston, Texas
|Professional/Teaching Experience:||Taught art and design on the adjunct faculty at Austin Community College (Austin, Texas) and Texas State Technical College (Waco, Texas).|
|Exhibitions:||March 2011 - Ongoing
Los Angeles, California
December 2010 - April 2011
Hatch Art House
Artist of the Month March 2011
July - September 2010
Gallery of Bill and Lisa Bailey
September 2009-September 2010
The Bradley Art Gallery
August - October 2009
Places and Spaces that Matter Exhibition
Round Rock, Texas
The Center for Photography at Madison Member's Show
UW-Hospital Surgical Waiting Room (B wing)
"Tree" A solo exhibition based on the influence of trees in the environment and in our lives.
February 3 - May 3, 2009
Solo exhibition of color and B&W photographs
"Public Market, Seattle"
Photograph licensed for inclusion in Artists Wall Art Series
Coalition of Photographic Arts Group Exhibit
P & H Dye Building
Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward
March - May 2008
Center for Photography Madison Members Show
March - June 2008
Wisconsin Biotechnology and Medical Device Association
December 2007 - February 2008
Earth+Sky+Water: Interpretations of the American Landscape
Solo exhibit at the Glass Nickel
Small Town Texas
Three photographs selected for group exhibition at The Gallery at Artists in Action
|Artistic Influences:||Japanese art from the Edo period (Hiroshige, Hokusai) Zen poetry, Kishin Shinoyama, Dennis Hopper, Brooks, Jensen, Harry Callahan, and all the great masters of black and white photography.|
|Artist Tags:||photography, black and white, landscapes, abstracts, urban , keith dotson|