Inessential Beauty, mixed media photography by Deborah Baird

The Staunton Augusta Art Center announces a new gallery exhibition: Inessential Beauty, mixed media photography by Deborah Baird. The exhibition will run July 8- August 13.

Artist’s Statement

I have always been fascinated by old places, things abandoned and left for nature and the elements to consume. However lonely, I felt at home, as if with an old friend. Still beautiful and filled with stories. My intent is to share that moment.

My camera is the first of many tools I use to evolve my image. With my camera I capture the moment, composition, lighting and time of day. From there I enter my digital artist’s toolbox further empowering my creativity and vision. I continue to express my experience by augmenting my original image with layers of handmade and photographic textures, color and light.

Finally I hold the most basic of tools in my hand … touch the paper, draw with my charcoal pencil and rub in color pastel pigments and complete my vision.

How we see and respond to things is a very personal. I believe a great photograph is not merely documenting the scene at hand, rather it is about fusing it with the essential vision of the artist. For me sharing the experience and evoking an emotional response is the best my art can be.

Baird resides in Rockbridge County and moving to Staunton in August 2016.

Her work has been represented at:
Co-Art Gallery, Staunton VA, current member artist
Nelson Gallery, Lexington VA, currant member artist
Nelson Gallery Juried Show 2015, Lexington VA
Rockbridge Regional Fair 2015, 2nd Place Photography
Art on the Green 2015, Lexington VA 1st Place Photography
Nelson Gallery Juried Show 2014, Lexington VA
Augusta Art Guild Gallery, June 2014, solo show, Augusta KY
Art For Gifts 2014 & 2015 Staunton Augusta Art Center, StauntonVA
The Rockbridge Camera Club
The Sparrows Nest Gallery, Hot Springs VA
Seven Oaks Gallery, Warm Springs VA
Bath County Art Show 2013, 2015
AAG Art in the Garden 2012, Augusta KY

Artist’s Bio

Deborah Baird was born and raised in Chicago IL. Baird works predominantly in the mediums of photography and digital art. She began drawing and painting at an early age and went on to study design and commercial art in Cincinnati OH. There she embarked on a 20 year career first as an art director and designer with the Kroger Corporation and later as a partner in RGI Design & Marketing. Her career gave her the opportunity to work with professional photographers expanding her expertise in photo art direction, set design and food styling.

While in Cincinnati she studied painting and drawing at Cincinnati Art Academy and life drawing at the Cincinnati Art Club. Deborah now combines the art of the camera with her original passion for drawing and painting in her “layered imagery” technique.