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Paul J. McCloskey







Type of Art: Photo~Paintings-FineArt Photography
Where you can see my art:

Galleries on the Central Coast Galleries on the Central Coast I am currently represented by Visions Fine Art Gallery in Morro Bay. A collection of prints/canvases (black/white and color) entitled, "Painting With Light ~ New Visions of the Central Coast" can be viewed/purchased at Visions Fine Art Gallery on the Embacadero in Morro Bay and The Inn at Morro Bay. Another collection of prints/canvases (black/white and color) entitled, "Sacred Light~Sacred Land: Journey Thru The National Parks" can be viewed/purchased at Earth Spirit Gallery in Marina Square on the Embacadero in Morro Bay. You can also find a collection of prints (black/white and color) entitled,"Painting With Light ~ New Visions of the Central Coast" at Castoro Cellars Vineyards & Winery Gallery 1315 North Bethel Road - Templeton, CA http://www.castorocellars.com/ You can also find a collection of prints (black/white and color) entitled,"Painting With Light ~ New Visions of the Central Coast" at Saucelito Canyon Vineyards Tasting Room (Edna Valley) 3080 Biddle Ranch Road - San Luis Obispo, CA. http://www.saucelitocanyon.com/ Current Show(s) on the Central Coast "Sacred Light~Sacred Lands; A Journey Thru the National Parks" August 15- Sept. 30, 2007 Arroyo Robles Winery 739 12th St. - Paso Robles, 93446 - (877) 759-WINE "Painting With Light ~ New Visions of the Central Coast" September, 2007 Central Coast Yoga 900 East Grand Ave. - Arroyo Grande, CA 93424 "Painting With Light ~ Sacred Light~Sacred Lands; Journey Thru the National Parks" Sept. 15 - Oct. 15, 2007 The Steaming Bean Cafe 1651 Shell Beach Road - Shell Beach, CA 93449 Upcoming/Ongoing Shows on the Central Coast "Sacred Light~Sacred Lands; A Journey Thru the National Parks" October, 2007 Central Coast Yoga 900 East Grand Ave. - Arroyo Grande, CA 93424 Arts Obispo 9th Annual Open Studios Art Tour (So. County) Oct. 13 + 14, 2007 Arts Obispo 9th Annual Open Studios Art Tour (No. County) Oct. 20 + 21, 2007 Green Acres Lavender Farm 8865 San Gabriel Road - Atascadero, CA 93422 - 805-466-0837 paul_mccloskey@mac.com Painting With Light Gallery Photo-Paintings by Paul J. McCloskey

About Me/My Art:

I am a Graphic Artist/Photographer born and raised in Boston, MA and lived up in the San Francisco Bay Area for the past ~25 years before relocating to the Central Coast in 2006 after a cross-country trip thru the Nat'l Parks back to New England, which eventually took me a year and a half to find my way back to the West Coast. I discovered the Central Coast several years ago and always loved driving down the coast to escape the madness of the Bay Area. I am very happy being here in SLO surrounded by the natural beauty and wonderful people of the California Central Coast. Painting With Light I like to think of my photography as "painting with light…a sacred light". I am attempting to capture and communicate not only the breath-taking beauty found in nature, but the ambiance and spirit using natural light to help “paint” my pictures, in camera. I call my work “Photo-Paintings”, which I consider to be a convergence of today’s digital photography/imaging technology and traditional printmaking techniques, along with the fine art of plein-air painting. I actually visualize what I am shooting with a painter's eye, and approach each shot with a "painterly" attention to composition, color, texture, and atmosphere. These are key elements in all my images. For me, there is a Zen to these images that evokes a sort of mystical and spiritual feeling which arises from the natural settings…Be Here Now. Being in nature brings a sense of wonder and inner joy that is sometimes difficult, if not impossible to communicate in words, let alone capture with a camera. I have a deep respect and love for nature and hope these images inspire the same feelings in others. It is critical for the survival of this planet that we protect our environment for future generations to come. Each and every photo-painting has a story to tell, and I hope these images bring some joy and inspiration to go out and experience the beauty and majesty of nature, and create something wonderful in this world we live. The images are captured using either a "point/click" Canon G5 digital camera with no filters nor specialty lenses and/or a Canon 20D digital SLR camera. I especially like the simplicity, versatility and compactness of the G5 because I can take it just about everywhere I go. I am truly blown away by its ability to capture the light, color, texture and spirit of the settings that I am actually experiencing in the moment. Minor touchup is done using Adobe Photoshop on an Apple Macintosh Powerbook to enhance the contrast and levels, but I try to stay true to the light and spirit of the natural settings that I experience. The museum-quality prints are output to a fine art, medium/large-format, inkjet printer onto archival, fine art watercolor paper and/or water-resistant canvas using archival, color-fast inks. Images can be output in just about any dimensions. Thank you so much for taking the time to view some of my photo-paintings. Please feel free to visit my website, Painting With Light Gallery, and/or send email to me with your comments, questions and/or to purchase prints and/or canvases: paul_mccloskey@mac.com.

My Website:
http://web.mac.com/paul_mccloskey/

My Email:
paul_mccloskey@mac.com


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