Featured Artist Joey Morgan

Artist Joey Morgan uses a digital composite photography technique to create stunning abstract textural imagery. See more by visiting her website.

 

Artist Joey Morgan holding a sheet of metal

Artist Joey Morgan works with a sheet of metal in her studio

 

I would create patina-style copper every day, all day, if I had my druthers.

 

 Abstract digital composite photography by Joey Morgan

“Alluvium Strata” digital composite photography, sizes up to 90″ x 30″

 

There is just something about the unpredictability of the colors and patterns created. “When chemistry becomes art,” I like to say. Even though I wear gloves, my fingernails and cuticles somehow always manage to become discolored—but still, I would do it. (Pro tip: lemon juice works wonders!)

 

abstract composite digital photograph by Joey Morgan

“Protrusion” digital composite photography, sizes up to 36″ x 24″

 

So now I have all this crazy cool patina copper—what to do with it? Take photos. Then what? How about digitally merging these photos with images of texture that I find in nature. Crazy thought!

 

abstract digital composite photograph by Joey Morgan

“Fossilized Coral” digital composite photography, sizes up to 20″ x 20″

 

And just like that, I have a creative workflow that has endless possibilities and gets me outside to explore and appreciate nature. Most of the time we admire nature from a distance. Even if you’re out hiking, how often do you get up close to a tree to study the bark, or a plant’s leaves? Nature is an entirely different wonder when viewed close-up.

 

abstract digital composite photograph by Joey Morgan

“Blended Botanical” digital composite photography, sizes up to 20″ x 20″

 

Several years ago, I was walking on the beach in Puerto Penasco, Mexico and took photos of sand patterns. When I returned home, I started going through some of these photos in Photoshop.

 

abstract composite digital photograph by Joey Morgan

“Red Leaves”digital composite photography, sizes up to 30″ x 30”

 

Once I began digitally layering images on top of one another and applying filters to each layer to create more intriguing images, I was hooked! And suddenly a simple sand pattern became, “Wow, this is sooo cool.”

 

abstract digital composite photograph by Joey Morgan

“Scalloped Sand” digital composite photography, sizes up to 30″ x 20″

 

At some point, I decided to digitally merge an image of a piece of traditionally green patina copper into a very detailed, multi-linear sand pattern. Mind blown! Eight years later that particular piece of artwork is still one of my favorites. A metal print of it sold at one of my first shows. Rock on!

 

abstract digital composite photograph by Joey Morgan

“Blooming Bliss” digital composite photography, sizes up to 60″ x 40″

 

It’s been an ongoing experimental process and love affair ever since. My iMac has nearly seventy-five folders of texture photos just waiting to be picked for the next piece of art.

 

collage of abstract digital composite photograph by Joey Morgan

Collage of “Follow this Path” digital composite photography

 

Tree bark from Northern California, a canyon wall from Paria Canyon in Northern Arizona, jackfruit from the grocery store, leaves from Iquitos, Peru. A seeded sunflower from the farmer’s market, dried up ferric nitrate that was once liquid that I forgot about, pinecones from Yosemite that I probably wasn’t supposed to take home…the list goes on. And so does the inspiration.

 

abstract digital composite photography by Joey Morgan

“Walls Closing In” digital composite photography, sizes up to 40″ x 40″

 

Traveling the world in search of the great next “texture find” for artwork wouldn’t be so bad. Of course, I’d have to take my dog Scout, become one of those travel bloggers and live in a van!

 

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  1. Lovely work of art.

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