And for faster reference, I'm reposting my Letter, Bio and statement.
First the Query Letter:
I am inquiring about the submission process for exhibiting my artwork through the Gallery. I have resided in the Washington DC metropolitan area for over 30 years, and my artwork has been shown as far West as California, to Louisiana in the South, up North to New York, and many locations in DC and the surrounding metropolitan.
Have you ever stared at a cloud and saw shapes and images in them? The essence of my art is for the viewer to look deep within my images to find something much more than what they originally saw upon the initial view of the pieces. The images I have created have many layers in them, and though at first glance the main composition does register with them, it is upon further reflection that the viewer can see "hidden images" that were originally unnoticeable.
The approach I take with my artwork is very distinct, in that I incorporate numerous photographs into a very unique composition. Utilizing anywhere from six to two dozen images or more, I build a piece up. At times when layering the images, other images can be noticed, and I will adjust the highlights and shadows adding some digital paint to make the piece more cohesive. With a vivid imagination I try to present the essence of staring at clouds within my own artwork. If you look at the shadow shapes and highlights within the image, other objects will start to take focus.
Please take a few minutes to browse my gallery at http://www.russmcintosh.com
I look forward to hearing back from you.
9206 Dellwood Dr, SW
Vienna, VA 22180
The approach I take with my artwork is very distinct, in that I incorporate numerous photographs into a very unique composition. I take inspiration for my art from the surrealists. I'm particularly fascinated by the double images many artist's invoke in their artwork - how you can look at those pieces and always find something new hidden within them.
When I was a child, I often laid on my back and stared up at the clouds and would see shapes and images floating high above me. Often times, complete scenes would unfold in front of me. With a vivid imagination I try to present the same essence within my own artwork. If you look at the shadow shapes and highlights within the image, other objects will start to take focus.
I have always had a passion for art, even from a very early age. I was the go to person in the family when someone needed a poster drawn for a school project. When my older brother was in first grade, and I was in preschool, he had to draw a picture of his house for a class project. As he sat across the table from me, working on his drawing, I began working on my own drawing - an exact mirrored version of his.
Now many years later, I have been working as a graphic designer for nearly 15 years. Though I enjoy making a living being creative, its my personal work that drives my imagination and fuels my soul.
I am of the mindset that every picture has its own meaning to the viewer. If you ask ten people their thoughts on a particular piece, you will get ten different answers. Every individual brings forth their own experiences and feelings when admiring a piece of artwork.
Addison/Ripley Fine Art
**Case Number 1622996
Work submitted: Angelic Composition / vertigoBlue / Unknown / unlockedPossibilities / Etheric
*Remember, we catalog all submissions. There is no need to follow up to make sure your submission was seen. We are always looking for more artists, and we look at everything that comes our way. There is no cap on submissions. If you make new work and want to submit again, feel free to do so!
Conner Contemporary Art
DCAC (District of Columbia Arts Center)
**Waiting on 2011 info to be posted
**We will be UNABLE TO RESPOND to all submissions (cause that would be hard), but will contact you within 2 weeks if we see an opening for your work.
Gallery Plan B
G Fine Art
The Marsha Mateyka Gallery
Reyes + Davis
Second Street Gallery (Charlottesville)
**Awaiting new submission info to be posted
**Response sent to me, which I followed up on 12/21/10