Guest Author: Beth Downing
|Michael McRuiz, Light in the Canyon, Photography|
Michael came to photography in a roundabout kind of way – as a painter. He got his Bachelors and Masters degrees at TU in painting and as he says “was kind of a lazy painter, so I became a photographer.” But anyone who has seen his photographs knows that his painter’s background still speaks strongly. He manipulates scenery from his nature photographs by adding light, color and shapes to make places that don’t actually exist.
|Tulsa Art Studio Tour featured artist Michael McRuiz|
And where does he get those photographs to begin with? During the summer, when he’s off from his teaching duties at Tulsa Community College, he travels to places like Glacier National Park and Iceland specifically to places with the right kind of landscape. It’s a far cry from his four years of being a staff photographer at the Tulsa World.
He loved it, saying “at the end of the day, I would put a stack of photos on the editor’s desk and my need would be satisfied.” But now, he says he can make it really fun “since I don’t have to make a living at it.”
See working artists' spaces during the self-guided Tulsa Art Studio Tour April 21 and 22. A Preview exhibition opens March 1, 5-8 pm at the Circle Cinema, 12 S. Lewis in Tulsa. www.TulsaArtStudioTour.org