On FineArtAmerica I am showcasing two distinct aspects of my work:
Firstly my digital, mixed media and hand painted interpretations of popular icons - primarily musicians. With my passion and love of music, I find this offers me my favourite material for interpretation and development. All these works are only showcased here on FAA and are not currently offered for sale via any other outlets, publishers or art agencies. But I am open to offers.
For all of these artworks I seek always to work from free to use copyright free photographic material suitable for subsequent commercial usage. Much of these come from Wikipedia and Flickr and also many from professional photographers who have so kindly allowed me access to their portfolios. Bryan Ledgard, Vaughan Youtz, Jim Summaria, Jean-Paul Margnac, Dena Flows and Keenan Neighbors are just some of the many professional photographers who have offered me their superb photographs to work with. Thanks to all of you!
Worthy of special mention is photographer Keenan Neighbours. Keenan has been particularly generous with both his considerable photographic portfolio and his music knowledge and music industry contacts.
Please check out some of his photography on FAA:
If any work I have created on this site is mistakenly not based upon copyright free photography, I humbly apologise as it will absolutely not have been my intention to do so. I always check the licensing terms very carefully but licenses can and do change and some search engines list the licensing details incorrectly and it is therefore possible some may slip through the net without my knowledge. Such works I will remove immediately, as I totally respect photographers rights and ownership of such material. A quick email will illicit immediate removal by me.
And secondly, following the visual approach that Ansel Adams once famously articulated as - 'You don't take a photo, you make it', I like also to develop my own photographic images which capture the spirit of places and things.
By recreating not only what I saw but also how I felt, I encourage my memory to enhance those experiences further, through subsequent development and modification, whilst preserving the basic integrity of the subject.
Mal Bray joined Pixels on June 3rd, 2009.