Born in Plymouth, England, Andrew moved to Canada at a young age. After a short stay in Montreal, his family moved to British Columbia where he spent most of the next 26 years primarily living in small towns in B.C, with a brief stay in Ontario. His mother, a teacher with an art background and his father, an aerospace engineer, set Andrew on a path of technical artistry. High School saw Andrew focusing mainly on autocad drafting and business design. After graduation, it became a personal endeavour to concentrate more on traditional art.
Employed as a graphic designer in the commercial print industry, Andrew began photographing in 1999 with an old Pentax Spotmatic, manufactured several years before he was born. Initially shooting negative film, he quickly progressed to slide film and eventually moved into digital formats.
Andrew's training in colour management and printing allows him to take extraordinary images and turn them into striking prints. He captures images of the world around him in an attempt to show people the world they live in from a different perspective. Despite a fondness for the organic and constantly changing landscape, Andrew strives to find contrasts with the angular and synthetic nature of human occupation. Weather, as much as a last minute inspiration, points him in the directions he travels to capture images. His back list of places to visit is always long. Currently, he is working on several series of prints featuring gloves and Rorschach snow patches while continuing to document the natural, urban and rural landscape of Western Canada.
Andrew current lives with his wife in Calgary. His work is featured in several galleries and, for the past several years, has been part of the Exposure Photography Festival held in Calgary, Banff and Canmore.
Jeff Cruz is an award winning fine art photographer. Jeff ’s images have been shown in local and international publications. His limited edition fine art prints have been displayed in numerous group and solo exhibi- tions in his hometown of Calgary, Alberta. In 2012, his photograph “Forever” graced the cover of the French photo magazine PhotoSolution.
Jeff has been exhibiting at the Calgary Stampede since 2008. Jeff ’s non-conventional approach to photography allows him to create images that do not exist anywhere except his mind and his limited edition prints.
In his most recent series entitled “Slice of Life”, Jeff strives to convey abstract expressions of life’s moments. Inspired by events in most lives, the “slices” represent parts of a life journey. The feelings and emotions gained from these life moments are shaped by colour and movement. As a whole, the work aims for an experiential journey of emotion from past memories.