December local artist of the month: Lisa Nead

Photo by Lisa Nead

Photo by Lisa Nead

Every month on our Art Display wall (the wall behind the New Books), we feature artwork by a different local artist. December’s Artist of the Month is Lisa Nead.

Here she is in her own words:

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I have always loved travelling to new places and exploring nature but the first time I picked up a camera and started photographing, something special happened. I felt a deeper connection to my subject and I started seeing things that I had previously missed; detailed patterns in the feathers of a bird, the contrasting colors of the deep blue sky against the green grass, the unique shape of the petals of a flower in bloom. My senses heightened and I felt an excitement like never before. I knew that I had found my passion.

More of Lisa's photographs in the lobby

More of Lisa’s photographs in the lobby

Whenever I travel to a destination with the specific intention to photograph, I am never sure what images I will end up with but I am certain I will enjoy the process. It is where both the challenge and the reward happen for me. Being in the right place at the right time with the added component of what some may call luck, but I like to call magic, is what makes the experience so rewarding for me; the bee lands on the flower right in front of me, the storm clouds part for just long enough to cast a delicate light across the countryside, a couple stands hand in hand silhouetted in front of an orange sunset. To have this “magic” happen I must be patient and simply allow the image to unfold before me. This is the part I love most about capturing a photograph.

My photographs are a way of expressing my reverence for the beauty of nature that surrounds me. I am compelled to capture it and my hope is to awaken something in the viewer as well.

Find out more at: http://www.lisanead.com/

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For more information about the Art Display wall, contact Art Gallery Coordinator Karen Brennan at brennan@wilsonvillelibrary.org or 503-682-2744.

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