Mission

Steve O’Hare was born in Nebraska, but spent his early years in the High Sierras of northern California. He returned to Nebraska where he finished his schooling and then, attended the University of Nebraska before heading back west to work at Glacier National Park in Montana. He continued his education at the Museum of Art School in Portland, Oregon (now Pacific Northwest College of Art), where he majored in graphic design, photography and print making and graduated with honors in 1973. He went home again to start his long-running career with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, where he was a photo lab technician, graphic artist, interpretive project director, multimedia director,  art director and is now currently retired from the Game and Parks and has started up several small business’s that keeps him busy.

Photography and art photography offer me the chance to share the perception and emotions I feel when looking through the viewfinder, to take an everyday scene, and with composition, lighting and an artist’s touch, capture my interpretation of what I saw in my mind’s eye. The images are an extension of my eyes and work through my mind and hands. Some are the mood just as I felt when I viewed them through the lens and my mind, and need few, if any, alterations to color and or tone. In others, I see a lithograph or serigraph just beneath the surface, waiting to come out of the shadows, one that needs to be experimented with. Playing with light and dark areas, I create a new look for the image while keeping the basics a photograph.This is a very long way from when I first used an old Nikon F from the early 1960’s and hand processed both black and white and color prints in the darkroom with an old beat up  enlarger, and was happy with what I created. Now I feel that I can combine the idea of both mediums, photography and printmaking, and create a totally new image that is pleasing to my eyes and can be shared with you.

I hope these images will bring you as much enjoyment they have brought me.

Thank You

Steve O’Hare