I have spent a lot of time on this blog talking of the virtues that Madison Indiana and the surrounding area have been for my photography work and for the great places to see when you visit, but now I would like to talk about a few of my friends who are incredible artist in their own right.
I will try to share few with you every now and then and show you a sample of their work and a link to their sites. There are far too many to share in one post so tonight I will start with one that is a favorite and a good friend as well.
Eric Phagan is a Madison resident who has studied from Paris to North Carolina and is represented by well known galleries and has actually opened his own gallery in Madison named Gallery 115 you can check out the pics and other info from the link I provided.
Here also is his website with his artist statement and biography
I am not a true student of Art but I do know what I like and Eric’s work is definitely a favorite of mine. If you are in the area you should really take the time to visit his gallery on Main Street in Downtown Madison Indiana. It’s a wonderful place to view his beautiful work and they have a great Cafe as well that serve sandwiches and desserts, Eric is always around as well and is very accessible with a great personality.
So here are a few samples of his work starting with his paintings and ending with his sculptures.
Here is another example of one of the many beautiful wildflowers I was able to photograph in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park earlier this spring. This is another Trillium that blooms so prolifically in the Park, Catesby’s Trillium to be exact, according to The US Forest Service…
Catesby’s Trillium (Trillium catesbaei)
By Mark Pistrang
Based upon recent genetic research trillium species now belong to the family Trilliaceae. Historically trilliums have been placed in the lily family, Liliaceae. Trilliums are rhizomatous herbs with unbranched stems. Trillium plants produce no true leaves or stems above ground. The “stem” is actually just an extension of the horizontal rhizome and produces small, scale-like leaves called cataphylls. These highly modified leaves surround the flowering scape (the above ground plant) as it pushes up through soil in early spring. The leaf-like structures are technically bracts subtending the flower. Despite their morphological origins, the bracts have external and internal structure similar to that of a leaf, function in photosynthesis, and most authors refer to them as leaves.
Trilliums are divided into two major groups: The pedicellate and sessile trilliums. In the pedicellate trilliums, the flower sits upon a pedicel (stalk) that extends from the whorl of bracts. These trillium flowers are either “erect,” above the bracts, or “nodding,” recurved under the bracts. In the sessile trilliums, there is no pedicel and the flower appears to arise directly from the bracts.
Catesby’s trillium falls within the pedicellate group. This beautiful spring wildflower’s flower is on a recurved pedicel that curls back under the leaves often obscuring it from view. Flowers are typically seen from late March through June. It is distinguished by its nodding white, pink, or rose colored flowers with egg-yolk yellow anthers and its widely spaced leaves that are rolled inwardly along the length of the leaf. This unusual leaf morphology allows the flower to be more readily observed. Catesby’s trillium tends to occur in drier habitats and is typically found on acid soils, in open dry or rich mesic woods, within laurel and rhododendron thickets. Catesby’s trillium is found in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
And here is the photo…I am just too lazy tonight to try and explain all the scientific stuff lol.
Shot these falls last summer in North Carolina, they are located right on the border with South Carolina, it was very humid and bright when I shot this so the exposure was a pain to get. But after bracketing a ton of shots this one turned out all right, I shot it from a platform high above the falls, the lens I used was a 24-85 and I don’t think I ever got the perspective I was after. I shot this at f/25, at1/4 second with an iso 100 setting.
This area of North Carolina is absolutely beautiful, I was told there are more waterfalls here than in about anywhere is in America, it is a rugged beautiful countryside that I hope to return to in the near future. The falls in this image are over 400 feet tall, one of the highest in Eastern North America, if you get a chance and you are close by I would take a couple days and explore this part of the Southern Appalachians it is definitely worth the time and effort.