and unconventional materials together. This process, generally referred to as digital alchemy, continues to develop.

I am not a collector of objects when I snap the shutter. I am interested in the relationships of the objects within the frame
and how these connections play with and upon each other.This interest is clearly defined in my Street Photography images and carried through into my images on salvaged metal and on birch panels.

Several 20th century artists have influenced me. Laszlo Moholy-Nagy’s use of vantage points to illustrate an uncomfortable relationship with the ordinary. Bernice Abbott who gave me the idea of looking at a subject from off-beat views. Perhaps the most important is Elliott Erwitt, a master Street Photographer, famous for his shots of ironic and absurd situations within. From Elliott I learned to look at everyday settings with a different understanding. As with all artists, my journey of discovery and process continues to evolve. I will always rely on the lessons taught by the above masters and build on the principles of relationship within the frame.

My photographic work “Holy Taco” was featured
in the Chico Art Center juried All Media Art Show in 2010

I am a contributing artist in the book
“Chico Street Photography: Spring 2010”

I was a featured artist at Palmer’s Design in Redding, California in 2013

I have exhibited my work at Chico State and in April 2014 presented
a lecture at Chico State entitled “PROCESS: An Evolution of Self and Product”

My image, "Hungry Eye" was selected by Maria Medua, Director of the SFMOMA Artists Gallery,
for the juried show, Contemporary Women 2014 at the Chico Art Center

Finalists NVAL2015 International Juried Photography Show
 Carter House Gallery in Redding, CA. There were 1200 entries from
31 states and 13 foreign countries making this a top-notch competition

Commission work for O'Meara Bros. Brewing Company in Lakeport, CA

2018, 2nd Place award - Digital Art, Azalea Festival Art Show in Brookings, OR

2019 Volunteer design and promotional work for Nature's Coastal Holiday-on going

May 2021, Manley Art Center Brookings, Layers-
An exploration of alternative process photography and paper
collage embracing the Japanese concept of Wabi-Sabi

I did not start out as a graphic designer and photographic artist.
But, as my life unfolded and life changing events happened,
I realized that being a graphic designer and photo artist was
my path. This transformation of my life is the fuel that inspires my art.

Seeking my degree in graphic design, I refined my visual and conceptual vocabulary
developing a focus on the visual stories that unfold in Street photography.
Additionally, I became interested in combining photography with 3D design.
Not satisfied with the static results of images printed on paper, I began
to explore alternative production processes looking to combine different images

My Short Biography

Above Photo Courtesy of Tim O'Meara

leslie wilkinson
Photography and Mixed Media