Handmade Crafts » Dolly Sods http://www.mountainmade.com/blog The blog of West Virginia handmade art and handmade crafts. Wed, 11 Jul 2012 14:48:29 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.8.5 en hourly 1 September’s Featured Artist, Joe Henry http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/septembers-featured-artist-joe-henry http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/septembers-featured-artist-joe-henry#comments Thu, 01 Sep 2011 15:32:06 +0000 Becky Henderson http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=1253 Joseph Henry specializes in depicting northern landscapes that include sub-arctic tundra areas in the Canaan Valley region, Canada and Alaska. Forty of his Dolly Sods images were displayed in a 5-month one-man show at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in 2007. He has been closely observing Dolly Sods for 30 years.

Joe focuses on creating images that convey the essence and mood of a landscape. He especially focuses on northern landscapes and plant ecosystems. Dolly Sods is a prime example. The central goals of his work are to evoke emotion in the viewer and inform regarding the unique character of a place. He accomplishes this by: developing selective compositions, pursuit of quality light and revisiting particular landscapes often.

His compositions result from applying the principles of visual design. He strives to balance graphic elements in the scene. Joe tends to focus on the exquisite beauty of the flora to the exclusion highly panoramic landscapes. He finds that he spends hours working a subject to understand the view that best conveys my response. Many of the photos here resulted from revisiting the same scene many times over a period of years.

The pursuit of good light is central to the efforts of all nature photographers. Claude Monet devoted much of the latter part of his career to the expressing the “envelope.” By that he meant the interaction of light and atmospheric conditions with his subject. For Joe this means experiencing landscapes under diverse weather conditions as well as different light angles. Drama in photographs is as much about the light and weather as the composition.

Dr. Henry was formerly professor and chairperson of chemical engineering at both WVU and ASU. He lives in Canaan Valley.

Joe will present a gallery talk at the Thomas Education Center in the near future. Check MountainMade’s Facebook page for more details.
Joe Henry

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Mary Ann Honcharik, May Featured Artist http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/mary-ann-honcharik-may-featured-artist http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/mary-ann-honcharik-may-featured-artist#comments Wed, 04 May 2011 12:04:22 +0000 Becky Henderson http://www.mountainmade.com/blog/?p=1194 Mary Ann Honcharik has had diverse interests from childhood, combining the physical and biologic sciences, various art forms and the outdoors. In college, the science predominated, resulting in a BS in Biology and a career in Medical Technology. After retirement, the pendulum has swung back toward the arts with the concentration on nature photography.

With GPS, camera and tripod, Mary Ann has been exploring and documenting the wonders of the West Virginia Highlands, especially Dolly Sods. Her goal is to capture and convey the uniqueness and beauty of this region in all its seasons and moods. She especially likes the interplay of fog and light, being challenge to capture those unique moments which come fleeting and unannounced.

Mary Ann processes her own photographs from camera to prints using acid free materials and pigment ink.

Lady Slippers, Azaleas on Dolly Sods and Pitcher Plants

Lady Slippers, Azaleas on Dolly Sods and Pitcher Plants

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