Joseph Wong & Ernesto Rodriquez
In a small atelier in Hong Kong, stately trees guard a meandering river, lilies float peacefully on a pond's surface, and ancient stone cottages cast shadows across a path of sunshine. Such images endlessly inspire Joseph Wong as he transfers the artful ideas in his mind, first to sketchbooks and then to copper engraving plates that will produce multiple prints of the original theme.
Featured Artist - Ernesto Rodriquez
Ernesto Rodriguez is the kind of artist anyone can talk with. Extremely approachable, he has the down-to-earth charm of the guy-nextdoor - excited about his newest creations but unpretentious about his artistic flair and sophisticated eye. It is classic style genre imagery filled with an intensity of atmosphere that makes the viewer an insider; a living, breathing part of the image. His pieces attract; you want to know more, where it started, where it's going. The viewer's curiosity makes this artist and his work take flight.
Part of the appeal of Rodriguez's work is his unique style and technique. He first shoots a color polaroid and then manipulates and enhances the photograph with special tools to give the image the right quality of atmosphere and intensity of feeling. This process heightens the mood and dreamlike quality of his images.