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It may be obvious from my surname that I have Irish blood in me. Genetically I am 100% Irish. Having said that, I was born in Birmingham, England’s second city, and spent the first 51 years of my life there. I lived and worked in the south of the country, bringing up three fine children on the way. I spent 20 years working for the government as a Chartered Surveyor, and then started my second career as a teacher in 1997. I came to the USA to teach in 2001, planning to be here for just two years and then to return home. However, … my plans changed when I met a lady and we were married in November 2003. Ahh, the best laid plans of mice and men!!! (That explains why there is a Mr. and Mrs. O’Reilly in Mooresville Arts). I retired from teaching in Iredell-StatesvilleSchools system in 2014.
I partly occupy my time as a G.A.L. Quite happy to let you know what that might be if you wish to know. No mention of art, yet. I have had no formal art education.
Photography has been an interest of mine for much of my life. I even had a Polaroid when they first came out, as well as one of those little square-shaped, clicky, plastic 110 cartridge cameras. Of course, my photographs were taken then just to record events and places, and collect for albums. Such photographic education as I have had, comprised short courses of a week or less. They included black and white photography, printing and developing;a weekend workshop regarding composition; a weekend course at the John C Campbell Folk School; a weekend Road Scholar course held at Montreat College studying a variety of aspects of photography. I have exhibited, over a number of years, photographs at the Mooreville Arts exhibitions, and the ‘Home-Grown’ Annual event in Cornelius.
Very briefly, my present photographic interests revolve around experimenting with natural phenomena, light and water, and representing the usual in unusual ways. The backbones of my photo editing have been Adobe Lightroom and Topaz, but I have recently delved into the world of Photoshop and find its possibilities fascinating.
I am beginning to regard myself as something of a rule breaker, becoming less satisfied with photographs just being a representation of truth at a given moment. I am not so sure that the camera never lies!! I think the various programs I use are the equivalent of the different tools that other artists use in their given genre. Anything a painter can do to a canvas I can do to a photograph.
Bell , Sandie
Brown, Nancy Rosel
Eaton, Sandra and Stu
Hooper, Mary-Louise and Lee
O’Reilly, Barbara and Peter
Parker, Ann and Richard
Tieri, Jeannine and Jon
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