I find photography to be a wonderful medium for creating art. Some images may appear more like paintings - I call them "Paintings from Gaia". As Mother Nature provides a perpetual art show, I enjoy "getting out there" and sharing my interpretation through photographic images. I love birds and birding, hence the first gallery is: "Birds, The Joy of Birds".
The images I present reflect my lifelong love of art. Creativity was encouraged as a child and by age 10 I would take the bus (for a nickle) to the home of a family friend who was an art director and gave private art lessons. Ray Edvalson shared his passion and taught me the basics of art from drawing with perspective to working with various mediums as basic as crayons to more intricate mosaic tile work. Most importantly, he shared and encouraged the joy & love of being creative. I feel the influence of Ray and all my later art instructors when looking for the right composition.
Many of John's photos are used by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for use in publications, displays, presentations, etc. A few oh his photos are on display on wildlife informational kiosks placed by the National Park Service along the Colorado River near Laughlin, NV / Bullhead City, AZ. Several of John bird photos have accompanied articles written on birds & birding by local reporters and authors. John's photo of 3 California Condors sitting on the edge of the Grand Canyon was featured in a calendar published by the Arizona Game & Fish Department.
John has been an invited exhibitor at many events such as the Wings & Wildlife Festival of Southern Nevada/Western Arizona.
John was honored as the invited "Artist of the Month" at the John Wesley Powell Museum in Page, AZ. http://www.powellmuseum.org/news/2013/03/18/april-artist-of-the-month/
For the Children - Peace, Love, Joy & Harmony
All photographs appearing on this site are the property of John West, unless otherwise noted. They are protected by copyright laws, and are not to be downloaded or reproduced in any way without the written permission of John West. Copyright ©2017 by John West. All rights reserved.