Glen Graves founder PhotoArts Marin = what a wonderful journey it has been.
My career in photography came by the same winding path that most of the great experiences in life do. My mother was a prairie elementary school teacher and her love of art and photography inspired my passion for the art. The vast prairie landscape, the dramatic ever changing weather and witnessing all of the stages of life created a visual sensitivity that is still with me today.
College in the 1960s was focused on taking courses for a degree to teach secondary education communications. In 1970 I spent he summer as a field assistant for a geologist / philosopher / photographer / artist hiking and exploring the canyons of southern Utah. The visual memory of the vast rolling grass lands of Nebraska were enriched with snow capped mountains, deserts, amazing light and the ever present spirituality of the canyons. The first photographs that I ever sold were created that summer. The 1970's also brought about my first experience as a personal / portrait photographer something I still enjoy today.
I attended the Brooks Institute in the mid 1970's when the only standard was creating images of uncompromising quality. My clients have included: General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, US Air, New York Port Authority, Fairmont Hotels, Lear Crop, Delta Faucets, Formica Corp, Wood Mode Custom Cabinets, Wine Spectator, Architectural Digest, Robby Report, Cake bread Cellars, Merry Edwards Wines, Chalk Hill Estates and a variety of nation and international clients.
For most of my time working as a photographer, I have mentored / taught individuals and classes about the art and the craft of photography. In 2006 I began working with the Santa Rosa School's ArtQuest classes for young photographer / artists. My love for teaching and my love for photography connected to bring about the creation of the Northern California Center for the Photographic Arts and now PhotoArts Marin whose goals are to Teach, to Create and Preserve the Art of Photography. The Center and PhotoArts Marin's programs range from mentoring student photographers to teaching adult workshops and organizing classroom and location photography adventures.
My career has primarily been as a commercial architectural / location photographer working with clients nationwide. My love of the craft and art have given me the opportunity to work on a very diverse range of projects and I hope that there are many more adventures to come..