About Tony Casper

    The two biggest influences in my life as an artist were famous artist, Andrew Wyeth and famous photographer, Ansel Adams. Additionally, I grew up in Wisconsin, near the shores of Lake Michigan, and it was there that I grew to love nature, which has become a big part of my art. My passion is creating evocative art forms, which combine human presence with nature's mystery and elegant simplicity.

    My photographs were first published in the Sierra Club's International magazine in 1978. Since then, I have had photographs published in a variety of magazines throughout the country. My work is shown in private and corporate collections worldwide. The Smithsonian Institution has preserved a series of my garden photographs in their Archives of American Gardens collection. Since 2002, some of my garden photographs have been included in a Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition, entitled Feast Your Eyes: The Unexpected Beauty of Vegetables.

    I began to show my work at juried art shows in 1985 and have had the privilege of receiving numerous awards at art shows throughout the United States. I then moved into canvas transfers for my photos. Canvas transfers allow you to hang the photo as if it were a painting.

    My formal studies in photography began at the University of Santa Clara. While there, I benefited from having my work critiqued by Ansel Adams. Since then, I have taken various Polaroid and Kodak-sponsored courses to enhance my technical and artistic skills.

    My images are primarily made with a 4"x5" Wista Field view camera, because of the creative control and crisp, rich enlargements it offers. I also use a Nikon 35mm camera and a Pentax 6"x7", depending on the situation. Using an RA4 color processor, I personally hand-print each of my color photographs, using Kodak and Fuji papers, depending on the results I am seeking. Each one is museum matted for a crisp look that will last indefinitely.