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Artist Statement:

My photo-art reaches beyond the impact of traditional photography. In a significant way, my work expands how the viewer perceives, considers and interprets photographic media as art.

Ive worked in my studio professionally since 1985 and Im currently active in juried shows and galleries selling my artwork throughout the Northwest. I recently completed a permanent public artwork commission, consisting of four- ten foot by ten foot aluminum photo panel collages at the Spokane Convention Center Ballroom Lobby.

Photographing reality has always been the starting point for my artwork. Then my intuitively enhanced images become my artistic expressions. My portfolio includes floral, landscapes, architectural and abstract imagery. For twenty years I worked in my darkroom, and since 2001, I exclusively use a computer in the development of my artwork. I either scan a neg, drawing, photo, or shoot an original digital file and then digitally enhance and collage the image.

Since advanced technology is enabling photo-printing on other mediums, I present most my images on photographic metallic paper or dye-infused aluminum. The aluminum prints are not ink-jet printed onto the metal; special dyes are printed onto transfer paper and then infused into a patented coated aluminum, using pressure and heat. Both printing methods are processed at professional labs and both have been rated for an archival value of over one hundred years. Special requests and commissions gladly accepted.



I grew up in Lewiston, Idaho and received my B.A. in art from Lewis Clark State College. I continued to paint, but eventually was working at jobs that didn't leave much time for my creative energy. I pursued my interest in photography. I shot unusual angles and a myriad of subjects always searching for unique designs, thinking I would eventually paint the captured moments. As time passed and no paint or pencils produced artwork, I decided to turn towards my collection of photographs for inspiration. I did take two darkroom classes in college and attended two workshops and eventually started investing in more equipment.

Exhibiting at LCSC in 1984 sparked the combination of my black & white photos with colored pencils. In 1985 I moved from Lewiston to Spokane to work in the Display department at Nordstrom. I continued to shoot film and build an inventory of city architecture. In 1986 I was hired as a professional picture framer, which led to managing a framing gallery and supporting my art career. I again had a solo show at LCSC in 1988 with all manipulated photographs. This led to a solo show in 1989 at Spokane City Hall Chase Gallery and since then I have been participating in gallery shows and festivals full time.

1989 was indeed very good to me; I met my husband, Brent Hoogner. Although he works in a technical field, I keep him busy hauling artwork displays and assisting with installations. He tolerates my artistic adventures and is the "Hoo" at STuDio WaHoo. Our best collaborative effort is our daughter, Natalie. She has grown to be my finest admirer, an accomplished young adult, and is currently pursuing her career in speech pathology at Washington State University.

My current artworks include a variety of subject matter and I push my images to be unique. The darkroom has been retired and I now exclusively manipulate digitally. I offer original digital creations as well as added enhancements with pencils and pastels onto the surface of the prints. I also offer photo-editing & restoration and Im open to commissions and home consultations. Images can be ordered as prints from 5 to 108 on traditional photo-papers, metallic paper, as giclees, on canvas and now on aluminum. I have a full custom frame shop at the studio and offer custom picture framing and I can assist you with choosing unique designs for any of your framing needs. Call, e-mail me or visit one of my representative galleries for that one-of-a-kind piece!



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Gay Waldman
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