Jill and Rick Myers create artistic images with their cameras.
Jill began taking pictures when she was eight years old. “My grandpa gave me a little brownie camera.”
She went on to major in art education, and one of the courses was photography.
In 1974 Rick used his Canon camera to take photos of the football team. He made his own dark room and developed the pictures himself. Then he sold them to the players.
“In 1975 I was a student at Western State College in Gunnison,” he said. “I was making good money selling the pictures. It became kind of a profession for me.”
Things changed in 2005, when photography went digital. “Now lots of people take excellent photos,” said Rick.
“We love taking pictures and traveling,” said Jill.
And travel they did after retiring from careers in education.
The most fun part of photography, according to Rick, is “when you know you’re in the zone. This is it!”
“I love just going out. I try to find unique subject matter, like the old stuff, older buildings,” said Jill.
“We have some of the exact same pictures,” she added. “We work with them on the computer. But we don’t do a lot of photoshop, just a touch of enhancement.”
“What separates us,” said Rick, “is the presentation. We use real-deal barn wood. You have to get the right barn wood for the photo.”
They do frame work for other artists, as well.
The challenge of photography, according to Rick, is “the price of the lens, good, huge lens.”
For Jill the challenge is “keeping up with technology, especially with our own website, Fine Art America, where we broker our own work, as well.”
Advice? Rick said, “You have to have an inquisitive mind.”
Jill advises, “Take lots of pictures. Get online, you’ll find tons of helpful hints.”
She added, “You can’t be afraid to make mistakes, especially with digital photos. Take photography classes. Check with Colorado Mesa University. Explore youtube.”
Rick and Jill’s photos can be seen at the Montrose Center for the Arts, 11 S. Park Avenue, Montrose, and online at mandmartisticimages.com.