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.
From a young age Debra loved to draw and enjoyed many ways of creating art. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education from Buffalo State College and studied Scandinavian Design at the University of Oslo, Norway. She was involved early on with the original Arts Guild of Old Forge where she taught pottery classes and did some design work under the direction of founder Miriam Kashiwa.
Debra ended up choosing a career in broadcasting.
Though she continued to draw, photograph, and paint, it wasn’t until recently that she began to intensely focus on growing her skills as an oil painter. Using the abundance of information available online, she studies processes, best practices, color, and the works of many artists. Most importantly she paints, because that is where the “real” education takes place.
Her family’s camp in the Adirondacks is her constant and one of the main sources of inspiration for her paintings. Surrounded by forests, lakes, and wildlife, it is where she grew to love being outdoors and developed a deep appreciation and respect for nature. Pages of sketchbooks have been filled and thousands of photos taken which serve as references for her studio paintings. She also enjoys painting en plein air.
Whether kayaking, hiking, going for a walk, or even driving in the car, a camera is always handy to capture a light-filled moment or striking composition.
When she’s not painting she is recording voiceovers and coaching public speaking.
Debra currently lives in North Carolina and continues to spend as much time as possible at camp.