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David Drew

David Drew

Wichita, KS

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I was raised with a deep respect and appreciation for both art and music. My parents instilled, supported, and nurtured both disciplines in me. During my formative years our family were frequent visitors to the Birger Sandzen Gallery in Lindsborg, Kansas. Sandzen, a Swedish immigrant, settled in Lindsborg, worked, taught and became an integral part of the Lindsborg/Bethany College community. If you visit the gallery, you will find huge canvases of bold impressionistic renderings of the massive landscape of the American West. These paintings, when viewed from a distance, capture not only the natural beauty of the land, but also the essence of the American West experience. Sandzen first visited the Rocky Mountains in 1908. It was this visit that captured his imagination and sparked his enthusiasm for the grand landscape.

I have loved the Rocky Mountains since my first visit too, although I was four years old at the time. I was captivated by the same enthusiasm that Sandzen must have felt. Since age four I have broadened my appreciation to encompass what can best be called the American West; the Rocky Mountains, the Great Plains, the Desert Southwest, the Oregon High Desert, the iconic vastness.

Much of this landscape has changed dramatically since 1908. Some of the land has been protected from development and remains much the same, but much has also been developed and most lands will have many, many times the number of visitors who might have been there sometime in 1908. I seek to create images with modern photographic equipment that might have been taken early in the 20th Century. In addition, I seek to find photo opportunities that share much the same bold palette of colors that Sandzen used to render his artistic vision of the land. Although I seek my own vision as an artist, it is certainly true that Sandzen has been a major influence.

As an artist working in photography my goal is to produce photographs that are both technically excellent and a visually pleasing rendering of my artistic vision. In the end a photograph isnít a portrayal of what you, either the photographer or the viewer see, itís an expression of what you feel. I hope my photographs accomplish this for you and I hope you enjoy them. Thank you very much for your interest.

David J. Drew
Somewhere North of the Arkansas and South of the Platte

©David J. Drew. All photographs are the exclusive intellectual property of David J. Drew and are protected under United States copyright law and the Berne International Copyright Convention.

 

DDP DJD Painted Lady on Sunflower 2690 by David Drew

 

DDP DJD Painted Lady on Sunflower 2685 by David Drew

 

DDP DJD Sunflower 2639 by David Drew

 

DDP DJD Painted Lady and Sunflower 2696 by David Drew

 

DDP DJD Sunflowers 2617 by David Drew

 

DDP DJD Sunflowers 2619 by David Drew

 

DDP DJD Tall Thistle Kansas Native 2532 by David Drew

 

DDP DJD Native Tall Thistle Cirsium altissimim 2534 by David Drew

 

DDP DJD Painted Lady on Tall Thistle 2538 by David Drew

 

DDP DJD Painted Lady on Tall Thistle 2577 by David Drew

 

DDP DJD Painted Lady on Tall Thistle 2582 by David Drew

 

DDP DJD Painted Lady on Snow on the Mountain 2512 by David Drew

 

DDP DJD Snow on the Mountain 2489 by David Drew

 

DDP DJD Snow on the Mountain 2496 by David Drew

 

DDP DJD Goldenrod on the Prairie by David Drew

 

DDP DJD Painted Lady and Prairie Blazing Star 2489 by David Drew

 

DDP DJD Painted Lady and Sunflower 2436 by David Drew

 

DDP DJD Painted Lady and Sunflower 2416 by David Drew

 

DDP DJD Sunflower and Snow on the Mountain 2394 by David Drew

 

DDP DJD Painted Lady and Prairie Blazing Star by David Drew

 

DDP DJD Painted Lady and Sunflower 2460 by David Drew

 

DDP DJD Native Wild Sunflower 2369b by David Drew

 

DDP DJD Native Wild Sunflower 2367b by David Drew

 

DDP DJD Snow on the Mountain 2373 by David Drew

 

DDP DJD Snow on the Mountain 2376 by David Drew

 

DDP DJD Prairie Sunflowers 2382 by David Drew

 

DDP DJD Teter Rock with Moon by David Drew

 

DDP DJD Flint Hills Teterville Dusk by David Drew

 

DDP DJD Teter Rock 2356 by David Drew

 

DDP DJD Flint Hills Tallgrass Prairie 2354 by David Drew

 

DDP DJD Flint Hills Rock 2350 by David Drew

 

DDP DJD Rutting Moose 165 by David Drew

 

DDP DJD Alert Elk Cow by David Drew

 

DDP DJD Alaska Bull Moose 147 by David Drew

 

DDP DJD Black-eyed Susan 2309 by David Drew

 

DDP DJD Milky Way-2 2306 by David Drew

 

DDP DJD Thunderstorm moves into Tallgrass Prairie Preserve_DSC2267 by David Drew

 

DDP DJD Thunderstorm over Tallgrass Prairie Preserve_DSC2266 by David Drew

 

DDP DJD Storm Builds at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve_DSC2255 by David Drew

 

DDP DJD Clouds over Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve_DSC2242 by David Drew

 

DDP DJD Clouds Build over Chase County_DSC2232 by David Drew

 

DDP DJD Clouds over Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve_DSC2242 by David Drew

 

DDP DJD Clouds build over Chase County_DSC2237 by David Drew

 

DDP DJD Clouds Build over Chase County_DSC2219 by David Drew

 

DDP DJD Clouds Building Chase County_DSC2211 by David Drew

 

DDP DJD Tiny Blue Wildflower 2 by David Drew

 

DDP DJD Kansas Prairie Wildflower Rattlesnake master 186 by David Drew

 

DDP DJD Large Blue Prairie Wildflower 173 by David Drew