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Monday, February 09, 2015

There's a story behind every image

The St. Stephen's Art Show and  Coconut Grove Arts Festival are February 14-16, 2015. We'll be profiling some of the artists who are participating this year. Today, Diane Lary is featured, she will be showing at the St. Stephen's Art Show.


Bob Green has been a St. Stephens' regular since 2010, only missing the 2011 show. He's been doing art festivals since the fall of 2007. He's done 98 shows since beginning. Bob is a photographer who does his own printing, photo finishing and framing. The piece above, one of Bob's favorites, is called "Yosemite Valley" was shot in Yosemite National Park in California. It's a high dynamic range image done in a panoramic format. It was created from 18 exposures of the scene. I produce it as a 24"x 48" framed print on canvas. He loves the National Parks.


Bob in the Swiss Alps last August.
He's won a slew of awards from First Place in the Eastern Shore Art Festival to the Award fo Merit in the Downtown Clermont Art Festival in Clermont, FL. Also awards from the St. Stephen's Art Show, Images Art Festival in New Smyrna Beach, FL; Melbourne Art Festival and so many more.

Asked about his favorite artists or pieces, Bob says, "My wife and I have nearly 100 pieces of art on the walls of our home. We have work by a number of Florida artists including Pete Hurt, John  Margerum, Carol Napoli, and Peter Petigrew. We have 7 or 8 pieces done by the Highwaymen. My favorite are three large landscapes that are oil paintings done by a British artist named Christine Adams, who lived in Northern Virginia in the 1970's and 80's. 

Bob has spent a lot of time walking around the Grove shooting pictures. "I like the eclectic residences and the tropical foliage. The waterfront and the marinas are pretty interesting, also," he says.


"Owls #1,"is one of Bob's favorites. It's two barred owls preening. Among raptor species (hawks, owls, eagles, etc), the larger bird in a pair is usually the female. So, the female, on the right, and she has one eye  halfopen. "If she could speak, I think she would be saying something like  'Oh, don't stop!' I've sold around 140 prints of this image. It was just  pure luck to capture this behavior," says Bob.
A couple weeks ago, he camped in Cumberland Island National Park on the Georgia Coast. The attached image, "CI Saltmarsh," was done with the same methods as the Yosemite Valley image.

What's so great about Bob's work is the story behind each photograph. "Oak Alley #2," above, is a plantation along the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Bob tells me that it's estimated that the trees were planted around the year 1700. The sugar plantation was built in the 1830's. The trees were over 125 years old when the plantation was developed. There is no record of who planted the trees or why.

Bob's work can be seen here: rgreenpix.com and of course in person at the St. Stephen's Art Show.

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