Bio - Kerry McGehee

Kerry McGehee is a multiple award-winning photographer. She first fell in love with photography taking pictures with her Kodak Instamatic at age eight. Her education comprised the close study of art history, past masters, and contemporary artists. Some of her artistic influences range from distinctive painters such as Rembrandt, Chagall, O’Keefe, and Maxfield Parrish to brilliant photographers like Eliot Porter, Jay Maisel, Linda McCartney and Harold Davis. After graduating from college, Kerry worked with both the Terra Museum of American Art and the Circle Fine Art Gallery in her hometown of Chicago. Working on exhibitions and with other artists led to other positions with art galleries, and then a long career in advertising, where Kerry did commercial photography for her clients. In fact, that was her intro to the then-emerging world of digital photography, where she was the first to use a Sony Mavica camera at her firm.

In 2001, Kerry moved from her Chicago home to her current home in Northern California. Indeed, she credits the move to beautiful California with providing the unshakable inspiration to share what she is fortunate enough to view each day. Kerry is deeply attracted to nature’s organic perfection. This attraction has led to her passion and first love, Macro photography as well as landscape photography. She often trains her lens on the simple things- from everyday wonders in her backyard garden to the awe-inspiring views and landscapes near her present home. She sees the extraordinary where others see the ordinary. Her photos are known for their bright vivid colors and sharp details, drawing her viewers in for an even closer look. As part of her commitment to nature as it spontaneously occurs, Kerry does not stage her nature images. She enjoys using her digital darkroom, in much the same way as film photographers used their dark room, for cropping or perfecting contrast. She also employs the use of Topaz and Nik’s Color filters, depending on the image. She has a love affair with her collection of old Russian and German lenses, finding beautiful depth of field and creating lush bokeh, especially in her macro work. In her landscape and street photography, Kerry focuses on color, detail, shadow, and light. Many of her landscape and nature images have won numerous awards, including the prestigious “City of Livermore Special Award”  twice, been published, and permanently hang in several public exhibits including the corporate collections at Kaiser Permanente, Valleycare Medical Foundation, and the Tri-Valley Conservancy office. Her work has also been displayed in various juried gallery exhibits throughout California, and can be found in continuing exhibits at the Livermore Art Association Gallery, as well as in private residences.

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