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Artist Spotlight: Debra Woodward

‘I paint what cannot be photographed, that which comes from the imagination or from dreams, or from an unconscious drive. I photograph the things that I do not wish to paint, the things which already have an existence.”  ~Man Ray (1890-1976), American visual artist

A NH native, Debra Woodward has interested in fine art photography since she was a child.  In 2009 she began studying with Newburyport photographer Robert Chiller with a goal to master her SLR and also to learn what makes a good photograph as opposed to just a snapshot.  She began to understand the importance shadows and light and of working to get a good shot without depending on a lot of post manipulation.  On top of street shooting, Debra enjoys capturing musicians at work, café goers, horses jumping in the snow, even a couple weddings for close friends.  In the last few years Debra has been lucky to travel to France, Italy, Canada, and Santa Fe, and many of her recent photographs on display at the Seacoast Artist Association gallery were taken there as well as locally.

Peggy and Debra (artist photo for our “Café Life” show) by Jon Strymish

In 2017 Debra shared a successful exhibit entitled “Café Life” with NH oil painter Peg Murray at the NH Art Association; Debra’s dramatic black and white photography were a fine contrast and complement to Peggy’s colorful oil paintings.  Some of these photos are featured here:
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Artist Spotlight: Natalie Rotman Cote

Natalie’s space at the SAA Gallery and Shop includes a wide variety of art work in many mediums. All of her art is lively and colorful, with a few black and white exceptions. Animals, landscapes, nature and still life represented in both her photography and her paintings color the space. Her work is available in many formats including wall art on canvas, on metal, traditionally framed; mini-prints with easels; and prints that buyers can then frame in their own style. You will also find tote bags, makeup bags, elegant clutch style handbags, cutting boards and greeting cards all using her own wide variety of images. Her work can be customized in any of these formats upon request.

Horses by Natalie Rotman Cote

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