Y. Hope Osborn is the Photography & Digital Artist Spotlight winning artist for the month of June 2020. She is an award-winning photographer based in Arkansas, USA.
Hope's Solo Art Exhibition will be featured on the website for the month of June 2020. The gallery will promote Hope and his work on the Fusion Art website, individual online press releases to hundreds of outlets, email blasts to over 4,500+ buyers, collectors, galleries and art professionals, in online event calendars, art news websites and through the gallery’s extensive social media outlets. Fusion Art's objective is to promote the Artist Spotlight winning artists, worldwide, to art professionals, gallerists, collectors and buyers.
Please read Hope's Biography and Artist Statement below as she describes her history, inspiration and process in her own words. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see her exhibition.
If you are interested in purchasing any of these award-winning pieces, or to see more of Hope's work, please visit her website.
Also, please visit Fusion Art’s YouTube Channel to see Hope’s Solo Art Exhibition Video.
Thank you to all the artists who participated in the Artist Spotlight competition and congratulations to Hope and the other Artist Spotlight winning artists.
Y. Hope Osborn realized her voice in writing in her 30s and her talent in photography in her 40s. However, art expressed through text or photo is part of who Hope has always been. Hope builds on a lifelong writing talent, earning a Professional and Technical Writing BA summa cum laude and, in December 2020, earning an MA in the same with a Creative Nonfiction emphasis.
Self-taught in photography, she seeks elusive great Captures, drawing out their eloquent features in processing to illustrate documents and websites and promote art in general. From being a kid with a 110mm camera to now, Hope’s interest and eye has been trained by practice and an ever-growing love for the art of perspective. When she is photographing, you most find her looking up, turned at unnatural angles, or, with bystanders’ amusement, lying on the ground, to see the easily overlooked dimension or hidden pattern, particularly in architecture and its play with the natural world.
Then, she immensely enjoys the interplay of her growing photo processing skills and her natural artistic instinct in further drawing out or showing off the Captures in their best light. She finds that each photo, each angle, each light, each season brings with it a new need in how it is processed. Cookie cutters don’t apply. She reaches to bring out the natural elements she sees and feels in a subject that may be lost in a camera—depth, detail, filigree, or flourish.
Writing is not so different an art than photography. Good writing calls upon Hope to be creative in persuading an audience through creative depth, detail, filigree, or flourish. As the Red Cross’ Lead Content Producer for AR-OK region of Red and contributing to international company, ABC Management Services, and Cynda Alexander, Career Coach, she authored many blogs on a variety of topics. The University of Arkansas at Little Rock awards and, in many Quills & Pixels editions, publishes her writing, past and forthcoming. Her awards and publications elsewhere are past and forthcoming.
Despite Hope’s lifelong pursuit of photography, only last year did she share those perspectives with others in social media and local and international juried exhibitions, obtaining curation of her works with Black Box Gallery in Portland, OR; Amiee Thompson Gallery and Wellness Center in Inspi[Her]; and Little Rock’s The Repertoire Artworks exhibit, Ann. Competing with many hundreds of international submissions per exhibit, Hope’s photography awards include many in online juried exhibits by Fusion Art; Light, Space and Time; Art-Competition; Contemporary Art Gallery Online; J. Mane Gallery; and Monovisions.
All of that aside, Hope knows a great writer, editor, and photographer is someone whom people trust to express reality in ways that captivate, inspire, and/or inform.
Photography is the rest God grants me. It is respite from a frantic world and frantic thoughts. When I pick a place to find its art, I intend staying only this allotment of time. I become enthralled, though, and time stands still. Nothing else matters, except seeing the beauty in a piece of driftwood on shore, unique angle of bell tower, or rich artistry in heritage architecture. I only capture minute details of the tapestry of our world when I free myself of the minutes of time. I can’t help but stay, soak in, and capture everything I see literally from the ground up.
God gives us lives full of meaningful moments—sometimes painful, sometimes joyous, but always fleeting. Light, seasons, people, aging, growth—all constantly change. I stay a moment, to slow a door closing on a chance lost. Before life inevitably pushes me again, I relish seeing the art in filigree, flourish, dappling, intersect, and hue. I am inspired, capturing perspectives of moments that are seen on the ground along dips and valleys of a clover field or towards the sky along the texture and shading of a building. I bend in crazy angles my tripod can’t even manage just to see a new perspective.
I only move on with the promise of new delights to come when I stop again to find the photographer’s elusive great Capture among the saved images I see anew in another time. I find them often among the images I least expect it, and I bring them back to life by painting with the tools of a photographer’s trade. I, too, must think of layers and depth and consider colors or none that the painter does. I don’t want to remake my Captures so much as draw out what is already there. I share my perspective of the ornate column or shimmering petal.
The philosopher Mihkail Bahktin wrote of the answerability of art—a crossing of the artist with the audience that is a lively exchange in which meaning is born. This artistic meaning is so unique, so creative and alive, that no one expresses or interacts with the work again in precisely the same way.
Being an artist is to be entrusted to express reality in ways that captivate, inspire, or inform each person to stay a moment and find personal meaning in my art within the context of their life. I use God’s provision for me in composing to enrich both your experience of the world in elusive, creative pauses of life.
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