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Cheyenne L. Rouse - 2013 Emerging Artist

Author: Debra Kline
Issue: March, 2013, Page 84

Cheyenne L. Rouse

What is your art background?
I am a self-taught photographer, originally from Miami, Florida. I began my career shooting stock imagery of adventure sports, but later moved over to digital photography and the world of fine art. While initially resisting the change to digital photography, I am happy to say that I now fully embrace the digital world and all of the creativity that it offers. After residing in Park City, Utah, for several years, I decided I was ready to experience desert living and relocated to Scottsdale, where I opened and ran Ancient Light Gallery until late 2011.

What sets your work apart from others in your field?
I tell “soul stories” with my photographs. My perspective and style of photographing my subject, as well as my use of high dynamic range (HDR), allow me to capture and make my photographs come to life. I am very passionate about this region of the country and what sets it apart from legend and lore. I tell viewers of my work that what they are looking at is not only a photograph, but also a passionate moment in my soul that I was able to capture with my camera.

Where do you find inspiration?
Inspiration is so abundant and most times, it is right before our eyes. I find it in nature, seeing other artists’ work, traveling, watching great movies with fabulous scenery—even in music and beautifully prepared food.

What do you love most about your medium?
I love the variety of creative options that are available to me now in my digital darkroom and how I can find the perfect process to express my creative vision. One of my favorite quotes is by renowned photographer Ansel Adams: “The negative is the score, the print is the performance, and as a photographer and artist, you have the opportunity to use a variety of tools at every step to create a print that achieves your vision.” I have no doubt that if he were alive today, he would be like a kid in a candy store in his own digital darkroom, exploring all of the great tools that are available.

What is your most significant art-related achievement?
Owning and running my own gallery in Scottsdale. Many times I was humbled when a patron who knew my work would come in and tell me how it had inspired him or her somehow to pursue his or her passion or how it brought back a warm memory of days gone by.

What’s on the horizon?
In addition to continuing my offerings of photo workshops, online HDR classes, eBooks and more, I have joined the fine art show and festival circuit. I also have recently begun photographing food, spas and products, and am now marketing this type of photography to local businesses. 

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