Description Cactoons are whimsical figures that live on a distant planet. They enjoy the lifestyle of the Old West; wearing western duds, traveling in covered wagons and carrying six-shooters. This photomontage is a composite of digital photographic images and paintings. The Cactoons, western style clothing, animals, landscape and buildings are actual photographic images while the moons, stars and sky are digital paintings. Cactoons is a registered trademark of Dennis Roy Smigel
Dennis Roy Smigel, Scottsdale, Arizona Member Since October 2010 Artist Statement artist statement As photographer, I learned to use form, texture, light and color to produce captivating photographs. I still enjoy photographing standard subjects such as landscapes, but digital tools allow me to expand into new creative areas. This new technology has let me blend my skills as a design engineer, graphic/web designer, photographer and artist. As you can see I am very passionate about the computer and the art forms it has created.
background Dennis was a design engineer and started a printing/graphic design company as a second career. Photography, painting and cooking have always been his passions. For many years, he traveled across America taking black and white photographs with his medium format film camera. He developed his own negatives and created fine art archival prints in his chemical darkroom. Since the mid-eighties, he has been using computers, Adobe Photoshop and other creative art software. Dennis has a digital studio in Scottsdale, Arizona where he creates his artworks.