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A Few Words About the Artist

Brief Bio

I am a fractalist and fine art photographer who has been involved in the digital art world for nearly two decades. I am represented in the Museum of Computer Art and have exhibited in a number of juried west coast shows and galleries. My photos and artwork are available to license for print, web, and surface design. You may also purchase them in open and limited edition canvas and framed prints or reproduced on artwear, giftware, or other printed merchandise. My fractals have been licensed for projects ranging from book illustrations, calendars, and corporate identity materials to web design templates and electronic gear packaging.

On Creativity

Ever since I was a teenager, I have sought outlets for creative expression. At first, my tools were the traditional ones: oil paints, watercolours, india ink, pastels, charcoal, pencil‒but the tools I use the most these days are digital.

I am fortunate to be surrounded by sources of inspiration. I live on the west coast of Canada, with easy access to the magnificent landscape that inspired Emily Carr and Canada's Group of Seven. I have always been drawn to vibrant colour, to complex shapes and forms, to rich textures and patterns. I like the harmonious balance provided by symmetry, but also the tension provoked by asymmetry. Digital art allows me to experiment with all of these factors, often in combination. Above all, I draw my inspiration from the everyday fabric of life. A photo of my grandson's face or my coffee table piled with books can be just as intriguing as an image of a sunlit waterfall or a majestic cathedral. For me, it's all in what the eye sees and how that gets translated into pixels.

You will see lots of fractals here, intricate shapes created by manipulating mathematical formulas. I have worked with fractals for over 20 years, and am still fascinated by this amazing art form. You will also find plenty of my fine art photography. I always have my camera with me, because you never know what artistic possibilities lie around the next corner. What provokes that click of the shutter? I wish I knew: some intangible aesthetic in the composition, the light, the contrast, a sensing of potential for something special.

I never know when I start a piece, though, exactly where it will end up. I work with the flow and let it guide me, saving many variants of an image along the way. My best pieces have essentially created themselves through me. It's hard to explain, but I know my artist comrades will understand. Join me for the journey.

Pam Blackstone

PS .. To learn more about digital art and iPhoneography, check out my new art blogs.