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Jessie Parker: Photographer and Digital Painter

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Jessie Parker is a photographer and digital painter in Ottawa.

Artist Statement

While subject matter in my images varies, there are some common elements, namely the use of images that operate on both the physical and metaphorical levels. Since the mid 70’s my photo based art has pushed the envelope technically and visually, often going beyond the “traditional” depiction of subjects, teasing the viewer to ponder, puzzle and find their own answers influenced by their own history.. I play with what is real and what seems real but isn’t; the visionary and the transformative. Photography is the catalyst to unearth new vistas, worlds, concepts, truths, re-presenting the world and inviting us to see otherwise.

In the late 90’s my discovery of the digital darkroom, and use of Photoshop was a technical blessing as it greatly expanded what was possible with film.   Since 2001, my photo based work has been entirely digital. Since  2009, when I discovered the newly invented digital photo-painting medium, I have been specializing in what I call “photobased digital painting” . I have always wanted to combine photography and painting, and now thanks to modern technological advances it is possible to do that, in ways that result in a new and exciting fine art medium. Since I started out as a painter; I have now come full circle.

More about Jessie Parker at http://photobasedart.com and at http://jessieparker.ca

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