Photo by Jennifer McKinnon Richman
I originally started my artistic career as a decoupage artist, piecing together different images, patterns, and colors to create a unique composition. Eventually I had to put my business on hold while we moved from Oakland, California to Atlanta, Georgia. What was supposed to be a two to three year stay, evolved into a much longer stay, ten years later we decided to put our roots down in Atlanta (or accept that our roots were already planted). Once my children were all in elementary school, and I accepted Atlanta as my home, I decided to enroll in a drawing class at Spruill Center for the Arts. I found an instructor that I loved, Chery Baird, and began taking more of her classes, including composition, collage, and color theory.
While working on homework for my art classes, I started taking notice of the unsightly dumpsters outside of homes being renovated. I fell in love with the textures, colors, and compositions I could find on these dumpsters. Focusing on close-ups and abstract photographs, I realized that perhaps dumpsters were my canvas, and photography my medium. In order to fine-tune my photography skills, I enrolled in several photography classes at what was once the Showcase School for Photography (now the Atlanta Photography School).
In both collage and photography, texture, color, and lines are what I am most drawn to. Many of my photos are abstract, giving my audience the opportunity to look more closely at objects we might only look at in passing, but fail to really “see”. I use Lightroom as a way to enhance the existing colors and textures found on objects, while I try not to, occasionally I will remove spots or objects that take away from the overall composition. For my latest project, I am using Photoshop to overlay some of my dumpsters over objects found in nature, using complimentary colors and patterns to create unique objects and images. Eventually I would like to use some of my photographs in collages on canvas to see what unique pieces of art I can create.
My work has been displayed in several galleries, and I have also had photographs featured in several issues of ArtAscent magazine. In addition, I am on Instagram daily and have had work featured on several Instagram communities. I am an active member with the Atlanta Photography Group, Women In Focus, Atlanta Collage Society, National Collage Society, and PPA.