My name is Thomas Watkins and I'm from Phoenix, AZ. I specialize in nature and abstract photography. My work often showcases the beauty and serenity of the natural world, which can be a great source of comfort and respite from everyday stresses.
I believe that viewing art, especially nature and abstract photography, can have a positive impact on our mental health. Whether it's the calming vibes of a desert sunset or the majesty of a distant mountain, experiencing Nature through art can promote feelings of joy and gratitude - and that's something I strive to capture in my work.
My education began in the traditional wet darkroom of Glendale Community College where I learned to use advanced techniques to create beautifully toned, composed and archival fine art prints. I later transferred that knowledge into my digital workflow where I have even more control over the creation of my art.
November 2019 - Artwork "Zion's Depths" chosen to be featured in Saatchi Art's "Flora and Fauna" Collection
March 2018 - Received First Place Award of Excellence for the "Seasons" exhibition at the J. Mane Gallery
July 2018 - Received Second Place Award of Excellence for the "H2O" exhibition at the J. Mane Gallery
3/2020 - Group exhibition - "Phoenix On Film" Three of my toned silver gelatin fine art pieces depicting scenes of downtown Phoenix, Arizona were placed and on exhibit for the month of March 2020 at the Phoenix Film Revival darkroom, studio and gallery.
2009 - Solo exhibition - "Natural Adaptations" A collection of abstract black and white silver prints. Photomark Phoenix, Az
Several times a year I attend art festivals throughout Arizona to sell my fine art photographic prints. You can see my schedule by clicking here.
I took photo 1 & 2, painting, drawing, life drawing, art history, 2 dimensional design, and various other courses to acquire a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Art Education through Ottawa University in 2009.
I’m influenced by the works of Mark Rothko, Aaron Siskind, Michael Kenna, Edward Weston, and Jack Dykinga to name a few.
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