Even though I am member of the Photographic Arts Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania, I do not consider myself a photographer. I am an artist. I purchased my digital camera, to take pictures of my art for competitions and sales. Before I knew it, over time, I started taking photographs. In every direction that I look, I see beauty. I shoot my camera as an artist. I see through my camera’s lens the elements of design everywhere; Color, Shape, Line, Space, Scale, Balance, Harmony, Emphasis, and Texture. A camera is another artist tool for me.

For me everything is alive and has potential for art. I love nature. This environment where I live, around the shores of Lake Erie, never ceases to inspire me in my artistic endeavors; the trees, the plants, the mountains, the flowers, the water.

This excerpt from Hokusai closely expresses my feelings on why I create art. Hokusai a famous Japanese artist who lived 1760-1849. Hokusai Says excerpt:

Hokusai says look carefully.
He says pay attention, notice.
He says keep looking, stay curious.
He says there is no end to seeing…

He says everything is alive-
Shells, buildings, people, fish, mountains, trees.
Wood is alive. Water is alive.
Everything has its own life
Everything lives inside us.
He says live with the world inside you.
He says it doesn’t matter if you draw, or write books.
It doesn’t matter if you saw wood or catch fish…

It matters that you care. it matters that you feel.
It matters that you notice.
It matters that life lives through you 

Roger Keyes