Ever since I can remember, I wanted to be “on stage” in front of people. In my very early years I starred in my camp theater productions, and later as an adult I did several years of community theater. Yet, I never went into show business because I also learned at a very early age to “be practical”. And so I went into the defense industry as an organizational consultant (irony), but I got to be on stage doing my training and interventions. Now that I am retired, I have returned to other early life passions, photography and nature. And to be on stage, I write a blog, post my photos on Facebook, Google Plus, and other forums. Why is it so important to “be on stage” you ask. The only conscious reason that I can come up with is that it feels good to have others validate and appreciate what I do, whether it be singing a song, dancing, or producing a beautiful photograph. Some might see it in a pejorative light, but for me it is both a way of getting feedback and improving.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne Williamson
For the past several years I have been practicing landscape and wildlife photography full time. If I am not shooting pictures, I am processing photos on my computer, or reading articles, or seeing what other photographers are posting and shooting. I have discovered so many great landscape photographers and I have learned a great deal from them, both in the field and in the digital lab.
I am now ready to take my flaunting to a new level. I have arranged to be a guest artist at a prestigious and nationally respected art gallery “Madaras Gallery”. Diana Madaras is an extraordinary southwest visual artist that uses both acrylic and water colors. Her compositions are mostly bright, colorful, southwest themes. You can see them HERE
My space within this beautiful gallery will consist of several metal prints of various western and southwestern landscapes. I hope you will take the opportunity to come visit, and let others know. One thing is for sure, I will learn a lot, and I will continue to enjoy this journey that I am on.