About Black Dog
Black Dog Creative Arts is a digital art and photography company that specializes in:
- Photography — including garden landscape, portraits and editorial, as well as photography of art for artists.
- Conceptual mixed media photography.
- Original art.
While most of my photo shoots take place in the Alliston-Orangeville-Caledon (Ontario) triangle, I’m more than happy to take on photography projects for individuals, companies and organizations outside this region. I’ll also consider photo shoots in other areas on an individual basis.
I started Black Dog Creative Arts in Mansfield, Ontario after spending nearly two decades working as a professional photographer in Toronto, most recently for the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.
My artwork is born from photography, but I’ve been told you’d never know it if I didn’t tell you! My photos form the foundation for evocative and emotive constructed images, mostly of rural and environmentally-inspired scenes. Each piece I create tells a story, one of icons, landmarks, symbols and metaphors and sadly, all is not well out here “in the country”: the history and the legends of both rural life and the natural environment are being sacrificed in the name of progress. But my work is not a eulogy. Instead, it is designed to trigger long-buried emotions that might create change.
Photo: © Robert Warren Photography
I have more than 25 years’ experience as a professional photographer.
I was formally trained in Photographic Arts at Conestoga College in Kitchener and received an Imaging Certificate ( intensive Adobe Photoshop training) at DPA Communications in Toronto. I stay current through tutorial and materials provided through my membership with the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP).
My photography has been featured in three books:
- The Maple Syrup Book (2006: reprinted 2010)
- Dufferin County (2003)
- Nature Hikes: Near Toronto Trails and Adventures (2000; reprinted 2005 and 2009)
My work has also been published in various Canadian magazines, including Photo Life, Camera Canada and Applied Arts, and on posters, calendars, greeting cards and CD jackets in Canada, the United States and Japan. I am also a regular contributor to In the Hills magazine, the “best-read, most-loved magazine” in the Headwaters region.
I combine digital photography, digital collage and painting techniques to create the unique pieces of art you see on this site. I use image-editing software to mimic the darkroom environment and layer photos into a digital collage. I paint using computer software, a palette and a digital stylus. And I use pixels as my paints. The finished product is archival-quality, printed on fine-art, cotton-rag watercolour paper using inks that, like paints, can last well over 100 years (or more).
Digital art is just like any other art form – it allows me to express my own vision of form, colour and composition. It just uses different tools and is much more than simply “applying a technique” in the computer or “Photoshopping” it“
“Integrated Digital Art”- The mixed media of the digital art world – was first defined by the Digital Fine Arts Society of New Mexico in 2002.
Must See Sites
Q: Which of these fabulous organizations could I live without?
A: Not a one!
Prepare to be dazzled by:
The Headwaters Arts Festival
An annual fall extravaganza of art shows, open studios, musical performances and hands-on workshops set in Caledon, Hockley and points just beyond. (I’m on the Board of Directors)
Lorraine Roy, Textile Artist
Her work has been described as the place where “art and nature make love.”
This Guelph-based company designed my logo and my website. A solutions-based group with experience in all business sectors and they’re great people, too!
Mad and Noisy Gallery
Fantastic gallery in Creemore, one of southern Georgian Bay’s most desirable destinations.
Headwaters Photography Society
Meets the third Tuesday of each month in the Library at the Westside Secondary School on Alder Street.
Buckhorn Fine Art Festival
An annual festival and one of the top 100 for five consecutive years.