Jk Parker

I currently live in Santa Fe, NM. My artistic efforts began with documentary photography. Then I moved into mainly abstract art photography. Over time, I began to specialize in macro (close up) photography which brings me closer to the details I have long looked at in nature. Currently, I focus on new ways to make macro photography a means of exploring the art in nature that is often "invisible" to most of us.

Group Exhibitions

"Form and Fashion", December 2008. Marji Gallery, Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM
"Frozen Moments: Capturing Frozen Moments in Ice" June-December 2010. NNMAC Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
September 2010-present. Xanadu Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
"Bubbles in Ice". December 1, 2010-January 15, 2011. gallery nrc, Denver, CO
3 Photos in a Macro Juried Exhibition, January 4-February 4, 2012, gallery nrc, Denver, CO



Nature's "Invisible" Abstracts

The pictures found in the portfolio here--"Nature's 'Invisible' Abstracts"--begin with my macro photos of metal. Then, I work on the photos with art software.

I have come to believe that the impact of contemporary digital art is somewhat akin to what the early Impressionists were trying to achieve in the 1870s. I am not an Impressionist even though I use a digital impressionist brush. I have liked the Impressionist style for decades because of the greater sense of real life they tried to represent in their paintings; the methods they used which dealt with light, color, form and motion; and their contextualization of nature.

In my art, I cross bounds in many different ways than those with which early Impressionists approached theirs. I strive to bring some sense of "real life" as I capture images in my macro photos. However, I don't look at "real images" in nature for this portfolio. Rather, I have found that nature often reveals it's "invisible" abstract art through the macro photographs of metal and other natural resources that I capture with my camera. I select those which have the potential to illustrate landscapes, seascapes, setting moons, rising suns, etc. and transform these via computer software.

I work to change the realism of a photo to a "feeling" of an image or scene with digital brush strokes. I don't try to represent the exact colors of nature. I strive to express different impressions and sense experiences of nature through my selection of different colors. Whenever possible, I try to compose pictures in a way such that it pushes the viewer to see things from a different angle, f.i. as if one feels like they are looking upward as trees reach upward to the sky. My work with digital painting essentially explores ways to best represent motion, color, lines, shadows, dimensionality and light.