Jim Varner - Digital Art
My name is JB Varner and I am a photographic artist. My favorite subjects are found in nature; everything from unique landscapes, animals, flowers and engaging macros (bugs!). As an avid hiker, I have carried a camera (35mm, 4x5 large format, or digital) and a tripod on outings since the mid 70’s (lots of miles!) My favorite imagery usually comes from adventures and hiking trips where I find unique perspectives of landscapes and intimate scenes off the beaten path. A few years ago I retired my 4x5 inch view camera (using single sheet film), and started using a digital camera. Mounted on a tripod, I frequently take a series of 3-5 exposures that get combined later into a single High Dynamic Range (HDR) image. This method captures detail in shadows and highlights that are not available to typical cameras.
Currently, I enjoy taking my photos through workflows (and several software programs) to generate a final image that combines photography and digital manipulation to yield a painterly or impressionist feel. I call the altered photos DigiScapes, to differentiate them from straight photography.
A variety of techniques are used, including breaking images into layers and altering each layer before re-combining to a final image. Often, an image will include sections from multiple photos before applying a specific workflow. I especially love creating flowing new textures or using custom digital brushes to paint in new details or emphasize existing elements.
I hope that my art entertains with an enchanting, sometimes impish view of nature. When I’m not working on the computer, I also enjoy my woodshop where I create artistic wood goods like charcuterie serving trays (inlayed with turquoise or Jacquard resin) and furniture made from mesquite, walnut or other hardwood.