by Teresa Harbert
“The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place; from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.”
Our newest Art & Soul Gallery features the photography of Keith Elliott, Theresa DeLeon, and Nathan Chilton. Starting with photographs each artist takes an individual approach to translating emotions into visual art. In the lobby you get to see the finished products, the framed art hanging for all to see. What you don’t see is the road that brought each person to the place where they came to share their work with us.
Theresa DeLeon loved photography in high school but shut down her creative side to work in the business world for the next 25 years. In 2004, she came to a crossroads and began a journey into her creative side. It started with listening, contemplation, and silence, and through that God, seemed to be leading her to explore art. Doing this gallery has been a big step because she had to face her fears and say, that’s okay. Now her desire is to use her photographs to make the viewer more aware of God and His characteristics.
Keith Elliott has pursued photography as a hobby most of his life and purchased his first digital camera in 2002. His digital imagery is a merger of photography, visual art and technology. Says Keith, “I am now on an adventure into uncharted territory. I hear other artists say that creating art is more about the journey than the end product. That has certainly been my experience. Every project is like a trip down the rabbit hole, full of surprising twists and discoveries. My itinerary often branches into multiple unexpected destinations…destinations that ultimately yield insights about myself and the artist I was created to be.”
Nathan Chilton developed a passion for photography a few years ago. Shooting mostly landscapes, buildings, and bridges at first, he now focuses almost exclusively on photographs of people. Photography has become an obsession, and he is thankful for a supportive wife because he hasn’t gone anywhere without a camera for years. His favorite photographs are simple, clean, and hold a bit of that magical quality which can’t be put into words. “I love how photography has the power to capture a moment and provide an avenue for sharing that with others. Photographs stop time. They bring the past into the present and preserve it for the future.” Nathan’s current goal is to build a portrait photography business and he looks forward to the day when he will be able to pursue photography full-time.
So now that you know a little more about these artists, take some time to enjoy their work and the unique flair each one brings to our Art & Soul Gallery.
“Creative Reality” runs through November 22, 2010.