Stacy Geryk Paintings & Photography
Medium: Oil paintings and photography
Description: Aerial photography, landscapes, floral close ups and natural scenes
I became interested in art and photography over thirty years ago. Lately, I have been working with images of natural objects and aerial photographs which I have taken from a Cessna 172. I use photography to capture the beauty of the world around me and to show people the details that are often overlooked. I often use my photographs as inspiration for my paintings and drawings. As a young woman I carried a camera with me everywhere; I started by taking pictures of my family and landscapes as I traveled around the United States and Europe. As an undergraduate student, I turned more toward drawing, painting and printmaking. After completing my undergraduate degree, I went into art education, first working as a high school art teacher and then moving to the elementary level to teach kindergarten through sixth grade. During this time, I used painting and drawing as an outlet. I came full circle during my time as a grad student at Elms College. I rekindled my love for printmaking and painting through courses I took for my degree and was given the opportunity to do an independent study in digital photography, a medium that I had taught at the high school level and used mostly as inspiration for my paintings and drawings until then. I experimented with Photoshop, finding new ways to enhance and change my photographs which elevated them to a higher level. I found new ways to utilize my photographs; I didn’t have to use them as a means to an end, I found they were worthy as works of art on their own. Along with my photography, I continue to paint, using both watercolors and oils on canvas and to draw using chalk pastels on paper. I have a lot of experience with portraiture and landscapes, but my love is to enlarge the tiny details of flowers that are often overlooked, thereby transforming my vision from concepts and ideas into reality through a variety of media, form and color.
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