FAIRFIELD — Native artists have discovered myriad methods to specific “Sea, Winds, Storms and Fog,” opening Wednesday on the Solano City Heart Gallery.
Retired building supervisor and 28-year Fairfield resident Steve Cozad employs pictures.
5 years in the past, when he retired absolutely, he and his spouse, Angie Cozad, started their world travels in earnest. The couple frolicked final 12 months in Iceland. Subsequent 12 months the vacation spot is Antarctica.
Cozad’s mother and father labored within the airline business however the household didn’t journey a lot, he stated.
Steve and Angie Cozad took their sons on journeys to nationwide parks and some worldwide journeys reminiscent of Costa Rica and Egypt. It was the latter trek that gave the younger males the journey bug.
Each at the moment are concerned in artistic creative endeavors, pictures and particular results.
Now, empty nesters, the couple can set their very own schedules relating to journey.
The couple was in Chile in March 2020 and “barely made the final airplane out” as Covid-19 struck across the globe.
“We acquired again to the US at the start was shut down,” he stated, including they’d been following Covid-19 information and had been in a position to full the journey.
Cozad estimated he was about 20 when he bought his first digicam.
“I all the time appreciated to take footage,” he stated. “It was extra a documentary factor.”
He shot slides more often than not. After they had been developed, he would undergo them and scan the photographs he appreciated.
“They had been probably not good high quality,” he stated.
However they instructed the story.
Cozad went digital in 2007. On the similar time, he started to dedicate extra of his time to pictures.
“The age of digital opened loads,” he stated. “It allowed me so as to add an inventive aspect.”
Cozad realized from YouTube movies and enrolled in some on-line seminars in Lightroom.
He’s just lately begun printing his personal pictures. He’s additionally discovered an ideal system for narrowing his decisions. The choice just isn’t made in haste.
“Sure ones I begin to acknowledge higher than others,” he stated, demonstrating with a black-and-white picture of Venice, Italy, in 2016.
His Solano City Heart Gallery show is all black-and-white pictures. The concept surfaced when he was on the Sacramento Arts Competition within the fall and acquired a number of compliments about his one wall of black-and-white footage.
Cozad estimate he has between 30,000 and 35,000 digital photos.
“It’s enjoyable to return and discover the little gems I had not seen earlier than,” he stated.
Cozad joined the Fairfield-Suisun Metropolis Visible Arts Affiliation in 2018 and has participated in nearly each present since. He earned first place in black-and-white pictures and a 3rd in coloration pictures within the current juried artwork present.
His pictures has been influenced by skilled photographers reminiscent of Galen Rowell, Sebastião Salgado, Michael Frye and naturally, a number of the greats like Ansel Adams, Edward Westin and Imogen Cunningham.
“Sea, Wind, Storms and Fog” runs via Feb. 26 and options pictures; glass and acrylic work; oil and watercolor work; and blended media, collage, wooden carvings, digital artwork and ceramics.
Gallery company are inspired to vote for the Folks’s Selection Award.
‘Sea, Wind, Storms and Fog’
• Wednesday via Feb. 26
• Solano City Heart Gallery, 1350 Travis Blvd., Fairfield
• 11 a.m. to six p.m. Wednesday via Sunday