About JW

Life is alchemical.  Made up of stardust, we become creators, transforming our lives into meaning, beauty and connection to the world around us and the spirit within us.  Art is part of that magical process, mixing raw color and light, lines and patterns, shapes and voids into new realities that live in the world and touch all who make or see them.

Being part of this creative birthing process brings me joy, often surprising and delighting me.  I am a convergent media artist which means I blend photography and painting within the magical canvas of photoshop.

My art begins with images captured with my always-with-me camera, taking pictures of everyday beauty ... pebbles on a beach, a garden gate, a bright arrangement of bottles, a man playing a hot harmonica on a cool evening.  These images call me to play; some wave their hands, shouting "Choose me! Choose me!"
In the endless sandbox of possibilities known as Photoshop, these clammering images are then layered together, manipulated, cut apart, remixed, blended and transformed into something completely new and unexpected, something that is me, yet not me.  This reimagined reality leads into a new way of viewing the world and offers that mysterious gift of spirit we call art.  

What results is what I call inner reality ... work that begins with recognizable objects or figures and uses them to reveal a different level of reality or imagination.

Sometimes convergent media art (often called digital art) seems like the new kid on the block ... an often boisterous, rowdy and untamed kid, breaking the rules, stepping on toes and ruffling feathers. However, the history of art is filled with moments of evolution, and even revolution, in style and technology.  This is one of those moments and I am delighted to be part of it.
 
I am a writer/artist/photographer living in the beautiful Sierra foothills of Grass Valley, California and just finished my first work of fiction, Sarana's Gift, a young-adult, fantasy novella (about 1/3 the length of a regular noel), available in paper or Kindle from amazon.





I am also a published author with five books in the field of creativity and innovation, two of which are "classic bestsellers" (meaning they have sold more than 100,000 copies over time):

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