Wildlife and Habitat of the West
the Photography and Art of Mark Hayward
November 10 ~ December 24, 2012
Opening Reception on
Friday, November 16 ~ 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Live music, Beverages & Edibles
Western Folklife Center
501 Railroad Street Elko, Nevada
|Photographer and artist Mark Hayward is a resident of northeast Nevada. Hayward's wildlife photography and paintings of North American locations from Alaska to Arizona are meant to be emotional and depict the inherent dignity of the subjects.
Although traditional drawing and painting has occupied Hayward since childhood the use of the computer as easel and pallet has opened up infinite possibilities for his expression. The last year, Hayward has been exploring the digital medium to paint, in a traditional style, wildlife images that begin in thought and vision in the field photographing the animals and their habitat. A selection of Hayward’s digital wildlife paintings will be on display in this exhibit.
|Hayward finds beauty in and connection to all animals he photographs and paints—especially the young, such as Red-tailed Hawk chicks and Mule Deer fawns. Rare and always elusive animals like the Kermode Spirit Bear of the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia and the coastal species of the Gray Wolf on the Alaska Peninsula lead Hayward on expeditions to capture these living wonders on camera.|
Being outdoors and observing nature’s creations is a timeless experience for Hayward, and having a camera in hand gives him a chance to bring home and give deserved attention to wildlife and its habitat. Sharing with others might then awaken an awareness that will help to preserve what he believes is essential, and all items will be available for purchase (framed/unframed).
Hayward has received recognition and awards from North American Nature Photographers’ Association and the Center of Fine Art Photography, and print collections have been exhibited at the Shooting the West Photography Symposium, Northeastern Nevada Museum and countless private locations.
Visit www.haywardwildlife.com. This exhibition is co-sponsored by the Western Folklife Center and Mark Hayward.