Approaching fine art landscape photography as a business (or at least as a serious avocation) requires a surprising lack of focus and intensity. There's the waiting for the weather, there's the waiting for the light, there's balancing the pursuit of images with "real" work and family life, and then there's the schizophrenic nature of actually doing the work, which goes something like this: work in the field, market the work, wait, work in the field, market the work, print and frame like crazy, show the work, work in the field, wait, wait some more, and so on and so forth. There's an ebb and flow to it that requires a zen-like willingness to let the process unfold in its own time, something that doesn't necessarily come naturally to me.
Speaking of ebb and flow, I'm pretty excited about the River Show at Gallery 2110 coming in June 2014. It's an invitational with some of the top traditional/representational artists in Sacramento taking part. It's all very preliminary at this point, but names I've heard bandied about include Greg Kondos, Marbo Barnard, and Clark Mitchell, among others. To my wonder and delight, I've been asked to display a selection of my river photos in the upstairs gallery as a sideshow to the main event. More details will emerge as the year progresses, but in the meantime I have a great excuse to go play in rivers between now and next summer.