Dave and Jill Langdon will be featured in the Picker Room Gallery for the month of October. They will have an opening reception on Friday, October 6, at 4:00 pm. Join us for a chance to meet the artists and enjoy some light refreshments.
“I oil paint because there is no other feeling like it. While the experience of the painting
process is mine alone, sharing the finished work makes it more rewarding. Painting gives
my life focus and is also more fun than anything else I’ve done professionally. I find oil
painting to be the most versatile and forgiving medium. The paint can be applied thick or
thin, brushed, scraped, or blended. I am always making choices as the painting progresses.
Some choices have been intuitive – automatic responses – to what I see. Every brush
stroke has to be expressive as I strive to improve.
“In all my work, I approach the subject with curiosity; searching for its essence. I believe a painting can be beautiful and worth capturing and holding. Subject matter can be left up to the individual viewer. I find much can be achieved with little detail. I begin my paintings with a good compositional sketch, then paint from the center outward. This process is similar to working Mandalas – it is a form of meditation for me. Each painting contains its own color combinations containing energy vibrations. I am invigorated by each painting I do. My palette is as bright, or as dark, as my subject. Our world is full of beauty – in all forms. All we have to do is stop and notice. Or in the case with my paintings, pause, look, and be drawn into it.” – Jill Langdon
“At this juncture, I consider myself an amateur photographer. Like many people, I’ve taken snap-shots throughout my life – but not photographs – until approximately fifteen years ago when the digital camera became more of a household item, and when I purchased my first digital camera. However, it wasn’t until 2010 that I became more passionate about photography, which was also the time I started freelance writing on a part time basis. I do not have a degree in photography nor taken any formal classes. I consider myself self-taught. My two biggest influences have been automotive photographer Wes Allison and journalist David Frieburger, who possesses one of the most incredible “just get out there and do it” mentality’s I’ve ever had the pleasure of being associated with.
“During the past seven years, I have focused time and time again, my niche in regards to subject material. Ever since I was a kid at four years old, I’ve always been passionate about American automobiles and hot rods in particular, so when I started spending more time behind the lens, that’s primarily where I started. To gain more experience, I also photographed city landscapes as well as nature. As time went on, I found myself drawn to subject matter that was rusty, worn, and/or weathered. It seemed those subjects had more stories to tell – of a life lived (or still living) and their incredible journey – and they had the battle scars from life to prove it. This is one of the main reasons why I love rust and patina. The colors, textures, and patterns – and the fact that no two subjects are alike.
“In 2014, I founded Vintage V8 Photography. I have been blessed that my works have been displayed locally, sold via the internet, been published in Village Soup as well as the monthly supplement The Scene, and have won awards on multiple worldwide photography groups and websites. My tools are simple – Panasonic and Nikon digital cameras, basic filters, and the occasional wide-angle lens. Yes, I use Photoshop.
“My hope is that people will take the time to pause and then find extraordinary details and even beauty in my photographs. That they realize that the worthwhile can be found in common, ordinary things. We just have to engage in it.” – Dave Langdon