Sense of Calm and Familiarity
“My art style has been developed through formal studies, curiosity, fortuitous errors, and the love and magic of photography and all arts.” — Teri Blodgett
THE ARTISTS: Tracing her Napa Valley roots back to her great-grandfather, Teri came to photography after raising a family and working in the wine industry. Napa College provided ground for her initial foray into photography, from there she earned her fine arts degree and studied at the prestigious Lorenzo De Medici Art Institute in Florence, Italy. Teri's signature is the sense of calm and familiarity expressed in her images – from animals to landscapes, portraits to nude studies. She is also lauded for the unique techniques she employs to further enhance and shape each image.
THE ART: The fundamental basis of my work is rooted in black and white photography. The use of simple studio lighting and infrared film gives my models' skin a glow and porcelain appearance. At the same time the portrait's strength is seen through the models' gestures and expressions. After establishing a working print, I begin reworking the image. First, I transfer the image digitally so I can enlarge the portrait onto a larger scale. I use a number of art techniques that I have developed. I work dyes, ink, paint, wax, charcoal, glue, and heat into the canvas. Then subtract using solvents and sandpaper. I rework the piece over and over until I gain the right look of , hopefully, timeless beauty.
THE PLACE: Jefferson St.