Andrew N. Morgan’s photography career began when he was appointed as the Ship’s Photographer while serving in the United States Navy aboard the USS Guardian. Post enlistment, his work developed into an art and has been cultivated into what he views as an extension of himself.
Working in mainly in film photography, his work has evolved into a vehicle to share his view of the world with others. Andrew’s photography is centered on capturing what he sees and not necessarily what is actually present. The end result is the creation of dream-like images for others to see into his mind’s eye. Often drawn to textures, contour lines, shapes and ratios, Andrew's final images, heavily saturated and steeped with contrast, explore combined concepts of solitude, sadness, loneliness, abandonment, peacefulness, desire, and death and are intended to evoke personal contemplation from the viewer.
Influenced by his study of biology along with a love for the outdoors and fascination with what many may consider junk, Andrew transforms his images into works of art by casting life into them by capturing light, richly saturated colors and atmospheric conditions. Focuses include abandoned homes, agricultural buildings, open farm lands throughout rural Virginia and junkyards. In a recent project, Beyond the Garden, Andrew captures the decaying city of his youth.
Binghamton, New York native, Andrew holds a BS in Biology from Mary Washington College and currently lives in Sperryville, Virginia. His work has shown in galleries in Manhattan, Scottsdale, Philadelphia and throughout Virginia.
Debra Stamp was born in Gary, Indiana in 1953. She grew up in Amherst, NY with time spent every summer in the Adirondack Mountains. Surrounded by forests, lakes, and wildlife it is where she grew to love being outdoors and developed a deep appreciation and respect for Nature.
Her family's camp is her constant and one of the main sources of inspiration for her artwork. Pages of sketch books have been filled and thousands of photos taken which serve as references for paintings. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education from SUNY College at Buffalo, and studied Scandinavian Design at the University of Oslo, Norway.
Because I never formally studied oil painting I decided to begin an intense study in 2016 using the abundance of information available online, reading books about artists and techniques, attending workshops, and painting a lot more. Everything about oil paint is a joy; the creamy richness of the paint itself, the endless array of colors that can be created, the way it moves and responds under my brush, palette knife, or squeegee.
My main source of inspiration comes from our family camp in the Adirondack Mountains in northern New York State. That beautiful place is tangled up in every part of who I am and is my constant. Pages of sketch books have been filled and thousands of photos taken which serve as references for paintings. Debra currently lives in Wake Forest, NC. When she isn't painting or outdoors searching for beautiful light-filled moments, I am recording voiceovers and coaching public speaking.