Biography by                                      
                           
Thomas Finkenstadt



As I consider myself an artist, my formal education served
more as a point of inspiration or revelation of my own abilities
and my need to explore them than an academic rite of
passage.  I was fortunate in attending Cypress College in
Cypress, California, where I majored in Photography.

I say that I was fortunate in my educational opportunity since I
was privileged to work with professors, who were world-class
instructors and accomplished Photographic artists and
technicians in their own rights.  They served as more than
college professors; more like mentors or master craftsmen to
whom I voluntarily apprenticed myself.  

Collectively, they were the primary influence in firing my
passion for Photography and in teaching me how to mold my
eagerness and excitement into skill and artistry.  I owe what
capabilities I have achieved in the art form of Photography to
my mentors:  David F. Drake, graduate of the Art Center, John
Wycoff, an accomplished commercial and advertising
photographer and Marshal LaCour, author of Photo
Technologies, a reference work in the field quoted in various
encyclopedias and formal Photography teaching texts.

My education at Cypress was not restricted to the formal
classes.  As a student, I befriended a peer, John Woods, a
student of art a year ahead of me at Cypress.  Through John’s
friendship I had opportunity to meet and gain great insight
from such notable artists as Ansel Adams and Brett Weston.

On visits to Carmel, California, Brett often extended his
hospitality in allowing me to be a guest in his home.  These
visits often involved trips to photograph at Point Lobos.  

Again, as with my professors, I found the greatest opportunity
for education and development of my own Photographic style
in observing the artistic endeavors of those whom I
recognized and respected as more accomplished than myself.

Since College, I have continued to learn by doing and by
watching, listening and questioning other Photographic
artists.  My Photographic style has evolved into one of
romantic realism  portraying the sights of the world, but
through my perspective as someone who continues to be
awestruck by the beauty, diversity and complexity of the world
in which we live.

I focus on the environment not the inhabitants.  We are all
transient elements on the landscape.  The world continues on,
whether we occupy it or not.  I have developed my style and
portfolio through extensive creative work in California,
Arizona, Oregon, New Mexico, Louisiana, Colorado and Texas.

I continue to aggressively seek to grow as an artist and
observing interpreter of the world.  After many years of
tutelage, I am beginning to seek the fruits of my labors and
those of my very patient mentors.

As for solo shows, shows, and galleries the list has kept
growing all changing at any given time.  So I decided to leave it
out.  If you are interested in some you can go to  www.silver-
light.net
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Fine Art Photography of Thomas Finkenstadt