Where Are They Now?

Every month I either have featured an artist or interviewed one here on Hammermarks.  But what happens after their month is over?  Here is some new work by old favorites.

Fordite I Collection-"Mod Squad" Cocktail Ring ©2011 Tamra Gentry

Another fabulous fordite ring from Tamra Gentry.  And it looks like she’s back to blogging (and I’m probably waaaaaaaaaay behind in finding that out.)

The Famous Nemo is still out touring the country and drawing freehand circles.  And it looks like he’s working on a children’s book too.

Asian Koi print ©2011 Nemo
Structures #119 ©2011 Lisa Call 48″ x 72″

Lisa Call is expanding some of her previous series, exhibiting new work, and about to teach her workshop, Working in a Series.

Photographer, Daniel Sroka, has certainly been busy.  He has two new galleries, was selected as one of the Top Ten Solo Artists at Art Expo, and had his 1200th ketubah commission.

Vision ©2011 Daniel Sroka
Oasis from the Veracity Series ©2011 Kathleen Krucoff

Kathleen Krucoff has been working in various series, exhibiting all over and her blog has gotten even better.

There are many more artists that I didn’t get a chance to give you an update on and there will be many more featured in the future.  But for today, enjoy these treasures.

July Artist of the Month – Daniel Sroka

Spark (Photo #29) ©Daniel Sroka
Spark (Photo #29) ©Daniel Sroka

You know, I haven’t featured a photographer in this series yet, which is a little strange since photography was almost a major of mine.  Daniel Sroka is an abstract nature photographer who I became aware of through Alyson Stanfield and Clint Watson and have been following for awhile on Twitter.  His photographs are ethereal and remind me of some of the Hubble images from outer space.  They are delicate and flowing and you’d be hard pressed to know exactly what they are actually of.

Here is his biography from his website:

how my career got started

For most of my life, my photography took a back seat to paying the bills. I discovered a talent for graphic design, which helped me pay my way through school and lead to a professional career. I was the original creative director for Yahoo!, where I helped guide them from a quirky curiosity into a globally-recognized brand. But I grew tired of using my artistic skills to help other people realize their dreams, while ignoring my own. So I quit my day job, and focused my energy on my fine art photography.

Where my art comes from

Photography has always shaped how I see the world. My childhood desk was my father’s old enlarger, and I spent many days in our basement darkroom, listening to the creaking of the floorboards as we coaxed images out of the dark. Then when I was 12 years old, I earned my first computer by scraping a hundred years of paint off my uncle’s house. It was like a new part of my brain had woken up. That computer was my first experience with unrestricted creativity: an artistic tool that you can mold to the needs of your imagination. When I combined photography with computers, I felt like I finally found my creative home. Like a perfectly weighted hammer and chisel, the camera and the computer simply feel right in my hands, allowing me to see farther and deeper than I ever could alone.

Want to learn more about his technique?  Want read his blogNow check out (and buy) some of his work.