Description pastel portrait of an old English sheepdog, with most of its face hidden by its long hair; its black nose and happy expression peeking out from behind all that hair. The dog is lying down with its slightly soiled front paws extended forward. Pastel on jade green matboard; deckle edge added digitally.
Deborah Willard, Winston-Salem NC Member Since August 2008 Artist Statement Photography has always been a vital part of my creative process and an important source of inspiration for my other artistic endeavors. I consider photography and digital imaging as media in their own right, paying close attention to color and composition. I like photographing flowers, birds, wildlife, and other elements of nature; cats & dogs; scenic vistas and rustic structures; and colorful events in Winston-Salem’s lively Downtown Arts District. In 2010 I opened my own working studio/shop/gallery in a great location in the Arts District. I spend much of my time there creating hand painted clothing. I create most of my designs freehand, so photography is an important tool for maintaining a photo file of various designs. I have recently begun doing a series of pencil and pastel drawings of dogs of the Downtown Arts District, using my photos as references.