Patricia will be focusing on the construction of a digital photo collage using Adobe Photoshop. She will offer examples and instructions of specific functions in Photoshop as well as tips on how to approach creating a photo collage.
The almost limitless possibilities of combining multiple images, changing blending modes, varying lighting effects and use of filters offered by Photoshop has led me to combine images into visual short stories. This layering ability complements the complexities and layering of life experiences and memories. When I am out shooting I see not just individual images, but how what’s in front of me can interact with the stores of images I’ve already collected.
She combines her traditional background with the technology of Photoshop to create images grounded in the fundamentals of art with a contemporary, surreal twist. I place a strong emphasis on the use of texture, color and the interaction of various subjects in one scene. Elements, such as the division of space, suspended pathways, and the repetition of symbolic objects are recurring themes in my work that suggest the past, present and future within a narrative construct.
Patricia has been a photographer for over 20 years. she received her BFA from Salisbury State University (1993) and her Master of Arts in Teaching from Mount Saint Mary’s University (2007). She resides in Frederick Maryland and currently teaches art for Frederick County Public Schools. Her formal education as a traditional photographer has taken her through B&W film processing and printing, while her work experience has taken her through color film processing & printing, photojournalism, and studio portraiture work. Most recently, her teaching career has widened her view of subject matter and digital techniques in her own art.