Paul Cockrell's 2013 Open Studio Tour
There will be six very talented artists at my studio/gallery in Placerville - Donna Bamford, Ruth Michelson, Judith Perry, Katie Heyne Caulk, and myself. My studio is located at 3629 Indian Creek Court, Placerville, CA - just off Green Valley Rd, between Missouri Flat and Greenstone Rds.
A little about me and my photography –
I’ve been interested in photography since I was a child and am now middle aged. I am also a semi-retired engineer and have a successful commercial photography business photographing engineering projects, which requires frequent travel across the US. It is a niche photography business, which utilizes my engineering skills and photography skills. I plan to describe this business in more detail at a later date. I’ve included a few of my engineering images in the Industrial Album.
I’ve lived in Placerville, CA on 12 acres since 1985. There is a second home on the property, which is an old farmhouse that I converted to a studio/gallery about 5 years ago, by adding track lighting, display cases, and flip bins. I use the farmhouse for weekend art shows several times a year and usually have several guest artists in a variety of art mediums. There are some interesting outbuildings and mining artifacts scattered around the farmhouse. I plan to upload some photos of the studio/gallery in the not too distant future.
I do half day beginner/intermediate level workshops at my studio/gallery. The workshop covers the basics of digital photography and Photoshop and I go over the techniques I use for my work. Drop me an email if you would be interested in coming to a future art show or workshop. I also keep my photography up on the walls and matted prints in the flip bins and will open the gallery if requested.
I bought a "true fixer" house in Mono City, CA this summer. Mono Lake and the Eastern Sierras are some of my favorite places to photograph and this house will provide a central base. So far, I’ve made 19 construction trips to this house and it is now essentially weather tight – the inside work starts soon. There is an unobstructed view from the back deck of Mono Lake and the Eastern Sierras. I’ve seen a variety of weather in those 19 trips and plan to post some of the "back deck" images of Mono Lake soon. When all put back together, I hope to offer 2-3 day workshops from this house.
I currently use a Canon 5D Mark II and am very happy with the results. I’ve been digital for about 5 years. Before switching to digital I used medium and large format cameras. I bought my first Pentax 6x7 in 1984.