Drawing on stored images to create new ones is integral to the artistic process of photographer Judith Sparhawk and painter Sandy Davies.
The artists, who are part-time gallery managers at the Redlands Art Association, are jointly showing their work in the featured artist’s corners through Sept. 15.
Sparhawk has combined, altered and highlighted selections from her digital archive to create the images displayed in her portion of the show, titled “Bending Reality: Emergence.”
“Nothing is realistic or traditional,” she said of the photographs on display. “Every image has had something done to it.”
A retired vocational rehabilitation counselor, Sparhawk was eager to “do something creative” years ago when she read and followed the precepts of Julia Cameron’s “The Artist’s Way” book and course. (She now teaches that same course regularly through the art association, with the next session starting Sept. 13.)
After dabbling in a variety of media, she found photography the most appealing to her creative instincts and has seriously pursued it for the past 15 years. She is mostly self-taught but has taken some courses through the Redlands Camera Club, with which she has been active for many years.
“I started with film and was resistant to changing to digital,” said Sparhawk, who has become known for her images and collages of Redlands landmarks. “Once I made the switch, though, I never looked back. She has since sold her film cameras but does confess to still harboring a few rolls of film in her refrigerator.
Early on, she tried to create reasonable facsimiles of reality but with her digital camera, she has become more creative. “Having no limit on the number of shots I can take has freed me up,” she said.
She also tends to “fix things more” through…