Previously featured at the Zinnia Bistro…
Scott Eklund is a founding partner and photographer at Red Box Pictures in Seattle. Scott’s background is photojournalism and editorial photography. He earned a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri.
He was a staff photographer at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer for 14 years. Scott’s work has been published all over the world in such publications as National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, Vanity Fair, Der Spiegel, New York Times, Washington Post among others. Scott’s family consists of his wife Carrie, daughter Haley and Hannah, Golden Retriever Bella and cats Scooter & Socks.
Scott Eklund | photographer, co-founder | firstname.lastname@example.org
206.724.8241 m | 206.971.7467 o | 206.260.8609 f
www.redboxpictures.com | See our most recent work on the RBP blog
Fine art photographs and cards for a clear vision of the earth
Fifty-something years old, and I still live like I drive—faster than the law allows, with rampant joy in the journey. Capturing images is my way of celebrating this drop-dead beautiful world, a way to share the
joy of it with you.
You’ll find that my work really is “naked-eye,” with minimal Photoshop adjustment. I want to show you the poetry I see in the natural landscape, in all its natural gorgeousness and metaphor.
With that in mind, I use only archival papers and inks and high-quality frames. These fine-art photos will last 200 years under glass.
Beauty surrounds us. Do you see?
Art is the lens through which I see life.
I loved using color pencils or that funky watercolor set that only came with primary colors and a really bad brush. To this day, the smell of crayons brings me right back to color by number coloring books and grade school. I even have a favorite blue shade.
Cursive handwriting still seems more like drawing than writing, which lets you in on the type of academic I was.Apart from the “three R’s” I was taught the basics of art. While in a junior high art class the teacher mixed a flesh color and to me it was like watching a magic trick.
In high school I had a brief love affair with the potter’s wheel. Handling the clay and watching it come to life under my touch only to transform into something recognizable was absorbing and hypnotic; and, who knew that wood ash and water would make such beautiful glazes?
After a couple years of college, then working a few “real jobs” and living on my own, I got married (much to the relief of my parents) and raised a lovely and talented daughter. Over the course of my marriage, more than twenty years, art almost completely disappeared entombed by the weight of a difficult relationship.
Divorce altered everything. I had to go back to work and pursuing art was the last thing on my mind. While working at a temp job, an old habit resurfaced in the form of doodling. This was the first whiff of art I had experienced in a very long time. It began a series of stylized pen and ink drawings and a journey. What lay obscured by layers of neglect, uncertainty and disillusionment were the bones of my creativity.
After landing a permanent job and moving to Redmond the love of painting returned.Sifting through what was left of my paints (most were way past using and were tossed) I began playing with the ones that were still usable. In the effort of creation, I unearthed a person that I really liked. This is when the work of rebuilding my life really began.
Intense satisfaction followed with each new piece (and new paints). I learned the value of discovery and achievement; even disappointment, struggle and indecision played a significant part in the process. One result was the sale of my first commission piece and two more completed paintings. By the following year I had obtained a business license, and by Christmas my website was up and running.
Every year since there has been steady growth artistically along with a growing sense of purpose. Now, I am heading up a weekly art group that fosters encouragement, support and a little guidance and practical teaching as well as occasionally doing demos at Daniel Smith Artist Materials in both Redmond and Seattle.
My work has appeared at the Redmond Town Hall, SAMMI Awards, Sammamish, Washington, Kenmore Art Show, Soul Food Books, VALA Gallery, Kirkland Arts Center, Starbucks, Pogacha’s Restaurants, Isenhower Cellars, Victor’s Coffee and Eastside Association of Fine Arts Gallery at the Seattle Design Center.
My name is Jimmy Gersen. I make my home in Seattle, Wa. where I graduated from the University of Washington School of Art. I began displaying my work in small restaurants, and galleries throughout the area. I was mainly working with charcoal and pastels producing painting like drawings. Somewhere along the line I decided to literally, dip my hands into some paint and see what I could do. Soon, painting became my new love. In 2000 I started to perform paintings live. That may not sound unusual, but painting behind a Heavy Metal band was.
” DEFECT ” was able to combine hard hitting rock and roll with my aggressive painting style to create a unique live show. We performed in clubs throughout the greater Seattle and Tacoma areas. ” DEFECT ” came to an end in 2004. We did do a reunion show in 2011, and the band is currently recording.
After the breakup, I took some time off from painting live to pursue other artistic endeavors. After a five year hiatus, I found the urge to paint live, too strong to ignore. Returning to the stage in 2009, I have resurrected my painting career. I’ve performed for fundraisers, private parties, and other special events, all the while becoming a regular performer during West Seattle Art Walk at Angelina’s.
With no formal training, Kellie Becker is producing a body of work that’s whimsical, intricate, guileless, and fun. Her abstract acrylic and ink drawings vibrate as Becker’s rich imagination emerges in myriad forms. The viewer can’t fail to be stimulated by this disparate display. A native of Washington state, she has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions in Los Angeles and throughout Washington, including Infusion Gallery, Plum Bistro, and Prospect Street Café. Among other venues, her work is included in public and private collections. The artist was one of twelve winners of the Emerging Artist Calendar 2007. Her piece “Underground Influences” appeared on the cover of What’s Up Magazine, and she is published in the Book Art Press periodical- New Art International 2009.
I have always been fascinated by how many different ways there are to frame, in photograph-form, what ever it is that you are looking at. What has fascinated me even more is how only one of those infinite options jumps out at me and captures my attention and sparks my imagination, pain, sorrow, nostalgia, or curiosity. There is only one frame that illustrates a beautiful melancholia, a bittersweet image that becomes a vignette of a moment in time.
Someone once said that to the photographer the lens of their camera is a way to frame a piece of logic and reason within the world of chaos. I strive to do just that while simultaneously attempting to capture the complexities, contrasts, and contradictions of the passing of time and of life.
(206) 535 4954
Thomas was born in Laconner Washington in 1962. This area was a vital artists colony in the 60s and Thomas
met creative people such as the painter Guy Anderson, sculptor Philip McCracken, writer Tom Robbins and
others as a young man, which set him in his ambition to be an artist.
Northwest Native American art was revered in this group and Thomas had much exposure to the style, color
and shape of this art. He also spent hours in the library poring over books full of reproductions of early
Rennaisance paintings, and was an avid collector of Silver Age American comic books. These three styles are
still a strong influence.
In 1980, Thomas moved to Seattle and was involved in the young Punk Rock scene there. He played in bands
and attended scores of the home-spun rock shows that were being put on every week, designing rock posters
as well as cartoons and illustrations for zines and comix.
Starting in the early 90s, Thomas worked as a graphic designer after gaining a 2-year degree from Seattle
Central Community College. Thomas had an opportunity to work doing illustration, web design, art directing
and other types of commercial work during this time.
In 2002 he returned to school at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence Rhode Island. At RISD, he
was able to explore his own capabilities in representational art, as well as to take classes in critical theory
and creative writing, which left a strong impression.
Thomas is a visionary artist, who uses different styles and mediums to create images that express individual visions. He currently lives, works and exhibits in the Seattle area.
Jazz Brown is a self-taught artist who utilizes acrylic paint and painting knives to create vivid, expressive compositions. Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Jazz brings a sense of Southern charm to the Pacific Northwest.
His artistic style, which he labels “free.jazz.brown,” displays intense emotions through contrasting hues, shapes, and angles. He is inspired by both the Minimalism art movement and the Free Jazz avant-garde music from the 1960’s. He describes his work as “a mutual collaboration between mathematics and imagination.”
Cyreeta Mitchell was born and raised in Seattle in an artistic family. At the age of 16, she attended Pratt Fine Arts Center and was featured in the 10th annual Edwin T. Pratt awards. Cyreeta loves to create in several mediums, ranging from painting, ceramics and glass bead making, to writing, and is looking forward to adding Live Erotic Body Painting to her repertoire.
Cyreeta feels her work is representational, stylized with a heavy dose of color that creates a window into her emotional experience. Although a veteran in the art world, she has only recently begun exhibiting in quite a few Seattle area venues.
Our first artist at Zinnia Bistro is my good friend Frank Burk. He is also my contractor who helps us make Zinnia a reality. From wiring and plumbing, to building and removing walls, we have forever changed this space and made it our new home all thanks to Frank (and a little help from some friends).
I call Frank my artist handyman although he has many other enduring nicknames now too — like Frankster and Poncho. Having an artist as your contractor really does have its advantages. I might struggle with color or a design decision and Frank would always be willing to give his two cents. I trusted that and it worked well for us.
I am so happy to start off this new venture being able to show his work. We have one large piece on our wall that is quite lovely. I hope you will come check it out the next time you’re in for lunch.
By the way, those tables you’re eating off of were custom made by Frankster himself — one of his other favorite mediums to play with is cement. Our tabletops are made from cement mixed with colored glass chips, and each one is unique.
I currently am exploring the concept of our obscured perception of reality. Working with encaustic evolved from my experiences in blown glass. The essence of using both mediums involves the control of heat to achieve the desired outcome.