About The Artist
My photographic images are mainly of Florida’s natural scenery and historic places of interest. I was born in the small Florida coastal town of Apalachicola, grew up in the Florida Panhandle playing on the beaches and camping in the state parks with my family, where I developed my love of the great “Florida” outdoors. Many of my images are of the dunes, beaches, oyster boats, shrimp boats, lighthouses, and small fishing enclaves of the panhandle that are so special to me. As I travel the state I try to capture other images of “Old Florida” before they are erased by time and development.
A few years ago, thanks to our oldest daughter's inspiration, my wife and I became interested in Gyotaku, the Japanese art of fish rubbing. The rubbings of salt and freshwater fish (and other sea creatures) have become a big part of our art show life and tie in well with my coastal photography
Framing my images is one of my passions. Finding unique, eclectic and sometimes historic wood is like treasure hunting for me. I am always on the lookout for something different and cool. I’ve used old shrimp boat wood from Apalachicola, dock wood from the bay, wood I’ve recovered from the Apalachicola River, and trashed wood from historic home restorations. I also use native Florida wood like cypress and cedar, and the highly prized “Apalachicola River recovered heart pine and cypress”. Each frame is handcrafted to bring out its best features and is truly a one-of-a-kind original.
Drew & Sharon Brass