Initially, Dar Spain began taking photographs to use as references for paintings and drawings. This new medium opened other creative avenues and her artistic direction changed. She works with landscape and architectural subjects, as well as, with studio compositions. She finds that the sensibility or mood of an image which evolves as she is working inspires her more than literal documentation.
Spain's hand colored gelatin silver prints are printed on matte surface paper. Oil paint and photo oil colors are applied in layers, bringing a luminous quality to the image. Recently, she has begun using watercolor to color black and white pigment prints.
The way Dar Spain uses watercolor to paint on pigment print photographs is a process she has developed by working with the two media. Her formal art education includes a BA in Art with an emphasis in painting and an MA in Photography.
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- Exhibitions & Awards
First Place Award,Women in Photography International 20th Anniversary Exhibit, San Juan Capistrano, CA, San Juan Capistrano, CA, 2001
Best of Show, Northwest Eye Photography Competition, Eureka, CA, Morris Graves Museum of Art, 2007
Center Awards Exhibit, Carmel, CA, Center for Photographic Art, 2004
Photo la, Santa Monica, CA, Santa Monica,CA, 2003-2011
LA Art Show, Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles, CA, 2010
Grand Wailea Resort, Maui, HI, Maui, HI, 1988
Hyatt Hotels, San Francisco, CA, San Francisco, CA, 1987
Saks Fifth Avenue, San Francisco, CA, San Francisco, CA, 1988
Kaiser Permanente Hospital, Santa Clara, CA, Santa Clara, CA, 2006
UCLA Library, Special Collections, Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles, CA, 2009