Jennifer Gillia Cutshall
ARTIST-A-DAY BLOG: Inside A Generous Kingdom V with artist, Diane Lamboley
"The spirit of what was and is becomes the thought of what may be."
How does your work interact with the theme of “A Generous Kingdom V:
Art that Explores Story, Symbolism and Beyond”?
As a photographer who enjoys searching for the perfect nature shot it is easy to understand how I believe each photo tells a unique story. While what I imagine may not be the same as you, we both are moved by what we see. Nature frequently brings untold stories to life. The spirit of what was and is becomes the thought of what may be.
Does the idea of transformation influence your work and process? This past year has been a transformative time for all of us and I have embraced that.
Having limited photography journeys forced me to explore my own
relationship with the digital world. I am currently using photos of nature that excite me and transforming them into visual stories.
What draws you to the medium you chose?
By digitally enhancing an image I am able to weave a tale into each photo. These stories frequently have the theme of new beginnings which feels so appropriate for our time.
What are the strengths of the medium? What are the challenges? Nature
provides me the basis for every piece I create. A photo of a quick moving
cloud, a grandiose tree or even the silhouette of an insect can provide the
foundation for an imaginative visual narrative. Nature is ever present yet
also dynamic. This is at once a strength and a challenge. You have one
chance to get that one perfect shot.
Who inspires you? And what do you do to get inspired?
I am inspired by the need to explore. Going somewhere (anywhere) new and photographing (anything) gives me energy and gets my creative juices flowing. I can be driving down an interstate and see something that moves me. I’ve been
known to get off a highway in search of an enticing photo.
If you could have coffee or tea with any artist who would you pick? What
would have? What would you ask that artist?
I would love to have tea with Ansel Adams somewhere in a forest. I would ask him what can we do as environmentalists right at this moment to save our world? How can each of us play a part in this?
What do you hope your work achieves, in general, and/or specifically with
I hope people see the power of nature. Mother Nature can wrap her loving arms around us one moment and then slap us silly the next. She tells us never to take things for granted because life is ever changing.
What recently made you smile?
My loyal and loving mutt Buck the Wonder
What recently made you cry?
Finding out my 95 year old had Covid.
If you could tell your viewers one thing, what would you tell them?
You are never too old to do what you love and live the life you dreamed of.