Being from the mountains of north Georgia, I grew up exposed to the simple beauty of the natural world. I was given my first camera as a child, a Polaroid, and from that point I began capturing images of my environment.

After earning a degree in photography from the Art Institute of Atlanta in 1995, I gained experience working with some of the region’s most renowned photographers, such as Luis Bigit. I began my career photographing people and events, had my work displayed in Atlanta’s Kodak Building, and continued to experiment with objects and light.

After spending much of my adult life photographing the elements of nature, I discovered that I wanted to add to my images rather than display them alone. So I created my first mixed media piece - three painted panels featuring mounted flower prints - and decided that the photograph is just the first step in producing the type of one-of-a-kind art that I want to make.

Since that first painted panel, I have salvaged barn doors from tobacco farms, used scrap metal from old sheds, crushed glass from bottles, and even scattered sand from out west to add dimension and texture to each unique piece of art while keeping the completed work true to the original photograph.

I travel the earth in search of extraordinary images of ordinary objects and landscapes. Each image, no matter how common, becomes an individual experience for the viewer. The dynamic qualities of rivers, trees, land, and sky give me an infinite source of visual interpretations. My mission as an artist is to share my expressions of the world and allow others to develop their own responses to what I see. And as I have evolved, using paint, wood, metal, or whatever I find that complements each photo, so has my mission to enhance each natural image that surrounds us with pieces of the world that surrounds it.

Thank you for visiting, and I hope you enjoy the view.

Chris Mason