CRAIG STOCKS

 

www.craigstocksarts.com

Biography

 

 

After working in the newspaper and studio businesses for several years, I chose to leave professional photography in 1977 to pursue a career as a mechanical engineer. Over the years, I retained my interest in photography, and the advent of digital processing rekindled my passion.  I was able to retire at the beginning of 2009 and began an encore career in photography with an emphasis on large scale landscape and abstract figure photography.

 

I'm also active in the local Central Illinois arts community. I am an active volunteer member of the ArtsPartners of Central Illinois marketing committee and I am currently helping organize the Central Illinois Artist Organization 1st annual Art Experience as part of the Ignite Peoria celebration.  I also publish the website Playing Peoria (www.playingpeoria.com) where I feature photos and stories about local artists and entertainers.

 

Artist Statement

 

I have a passion to create, and I'm fascinated with the tools and technologies of creativity. I strive to produce images that are graphically simple, technically precise in order to render beautiful photographic fine art prints. I regularly apply a variety of digital transformations to create an image that reflects my artistic interpretation.

 

I'm old fashioned in that I still believe that the purpose of photography is to produce a finished print. There's still something special about a beautifully produced print. It's something you can touch, and it doesn't need any special technology to be enjoyed. Small prints can be passed around or bound into albums. Large prints can be framed as wall art.

 

I'm modern in that I have fully embraced digital technology in my photo art and Photoshop is now an indispensable part of my creative process. Besides having a completely digital workflow, I also designed and built my own websites.

 

I'm independent in that I like to do things myself. While many photographers have outsourced retouching and printing, I like to perform each step in the creative process. I've invested in high quality professional printers in order to produce state of the art prints up to 44 by 72 inches.

 

I enjoy learning and sharing. Continuing to learn is one of the most exciting aspects of any hobby, and the rapid pace of change in photography provides a wealth of learning opportunities. I also enjoy sharing what I've learned over the years. That has led to a number of photography and Photoshop tutorials on my website as well as YouTube. I've also been able to provide training and coaching both one on one and in small groups.