Merlot Vine 1 is part of A Grapevine’s Persona, a digital art series, which focuses on the world of wine, vines, grapevines and grapes.
This brightly colored composition is based off Merlot grapevines photographed from a wine tasing experience at White Oak Vineyard & Winery located in the Alexander Valley-Russian River Valley in Geyserville, CA. Inside the silhouetted vine you can see over 150 laters of photographs of grapes, vines, and leaves.
A Grapevine’s Persona series is dedicated to my husband who loves and introduced me to wines and going wine tasting. As we travel around vineyards I always have my camera or iPhone close at hand, literally. I shoot anything and everything to find a composition. Yet I mostly concentrate my work on nature. The most wonderful thing about working with nature as your subject matter is that it is ever changing. Artist Robert Bateman states it best, “Everything in nature has its own personality.” You can never capture or see the same composition twice. There are always little nuances of change. When you take photographs or observe nature and wildlife they almost never stay in that “perfect” composition you envision. Therefore you have to do a lot of improvisation and creativity to get the composition you desire.
My process for creating A Grapevine’s Persona – Digital Art Series is similar to the way I create my Persona: A Figurative Digital Art Series only instead of using drawing, paintings, or watercolors as a basis I am using photography.