Don Elmes has been exploring his environment through his camera lens for over forty years, both professionally and for personal fulfillment. His images, often ephemeral in nature, are of things all around, often overlooked or ignored. His work using Photoshop and InDesign has merged his skills in photography and computer graphic design. During the last few years Don has utilized these skills to design and layout a book of his wife’s artwork and writing. More recently, he has prepared the digital imagery of several of her mural designs for large-scale reproduction and installation on outdoor walls in Tazewell, VA, Johnson City, TN, Princeton, WV, and Grundy, VA. Don retired as office manager at the Appalachian Arts Center several years ago where he prepared imagery for publication and website construction. As a teacher and self-employed crafter of matting and picture framing, Don has provided classes, seminars, and workshops for regional artists and students on photographing their artwork and matting and framing it, as well.
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