Boatscapes:NHAA artist creates landscapes in her photographs of boat hulls
PORTSMOUTH – New Hampshire Art Association member Renee Giffroy continues to explore her unique photographic project in an exhibition titled “Boatscapes,” during the month of October at the Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery.
At first glance, the photographs look like abstract landscape paintings. But, at closer look, they are detailed images of boat hulls in dry dock.
Giffroy of Rye spends hours in marinas and boat yards looking at boat hulls, searching for interesting patterns and markings that often resemble landscapes.
“When boats are pulled out of the water at the end of the summer, their hulls reflect the wear and tear of the season, and they suffer even more during the winter months,” Giffroy said. “But in the early spring, before boat owners start to prepare them for relaunch, the best subjects can be found.”
Giffroy said when she sees an interesting pattern on a hull, she photographs it right away, because the next day it could be gone, replaced by a fresh coat of paint.
Giffroy enjoys photographing a wide variety of subjects, challenging herself with different projects. The “Boatscapes” project has been ongoing for six years and this exhibit presents her latest works in the series. One piece in this current exhibit, “Boiling Point,” garnered her second place in the recent Jack Parfitt annual juried photography show at the Levy Gallery.
“As a young child, I would go out ‘shooting’ with my father, who was an amateur photographer, and he helped me appreciate the elements of composition at an early age,” Giffroy said.
“After a successful career in a wide variety of sales and marketing positions across the United States at IBM, I decided to settle on the N.H. Seacoast and devote my full-time energy to my long-time passion of photography.”
Giffroy honed her skills by studying photography at both the Maine Media Workshops and the Santa Fe Workshops. During that time, she had the opportunity to study with highly regarded photographers, specializing in travel photography as well as nature and street photography.
She produced images for the Vermont Land Trust, the Alaska Raptor Center and the Sitka Conservation Society. She also worked for five years with National Geographic Traveler Magazine as an onsite events manager for weekend photography seminars across the country.
“Whether it be nature, travel, people, street scenes, photojournalism, or abstracts, it is the challenge and thrill of capturing a compelling image that excites me,” she said.
Giffroy says her “Boatscapes” buyers fall into two categories.
“There are those who love boating and are astounded by the beauty that can be found in subjects they see everyday,” she said. “Others are drawn to the interesting and colorful patterns in these pieces.”
In addition to being a juried member of the NHAA, Giffroy is a Master Artist member of the Newburyport Art Association, a member of the Seacoast Artist Association, and a member of the N.H. Society of Photographic Artists. She is the president of the NHAA board of directors and a past president and current advisor to the Seacoast Camera Club.
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“Boatscapes” – photographs by Renee Giffroy
Where: Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, 136 State Street, Portsmouth NH
When: Oct. 2 through Oct. 27.
Opening reception, Friday, Oct. 4, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Gallery hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sundays from 12 to 5 p.m.
“Coastal Marsh”, a photograph by Renee Giffroy