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Bill McClaren
Santa Fe, NM

About the Artist

Bill McClaren was born and raised in Dallas, and attended the University of Texas, Austin. After college he moved to New York City but realizing how much he hated snow, he ultimately relocated to San Francisco then Santa Fe, NM. McClaren has always owned a camera of some kind, but in 2002, when he believed the technology was at last up to par with film, he purchased his first digital camera. By 2007, he was a Testing Photographer for all the major agencies in San Francisco, including "Ford":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Models, Look and City Models. In late 2008, he realized his love …

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About the Artist

Bill McClaren was born and raised in Dallas, and attended the University of Texas, Austin. After college he moved to New York City but realizing how much he hated snow, he ultimately relocated to San Francisco then Santa Fe, NM. McClaren has always owned a camera of some kind, but in 2002, when he believed the technology was at last up to par with film, he purchased his first digital camera. By 2007, he was a Testing Photographer for all the major agencies in San Francisco, including "Ford":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Models, Look and City Models. In late 2008, he realized his love of photography wanted him to be doing much more than shooting "pretty people." While he still shoots commercial shots on occasion, he has found his "calling" in Fine Art Photography.

In 2011, Mr. McClaren organized a group of "Bay Area Fine Art Photographers," which used his studio in West Oakland as a home base. In addition to planning monthly gatherings, he led workshops on subjects such as lighting, concept and vision, and teaching digital photographers the joys and frustrations of working with film. In early 2012, Bill relocated to Santa Fe, NM, where he is exploring alternative processes such as Oil Prints, VanDyke Brown, Cyanotype, Carbon Transfers, and Wet Plate Collodion. He continues to work with both digital and film images.

Bill’s images have been exhibited in several solo and group exhibitions, notably "Strange Beauty" and "Low-Tech" at The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado; "Renovations" at Gallery 46 in Oakland, California; "Mixed Media Miniatures" at The CK Gallery, Oakland, California; "One Eye Shut" at the Olive Hyde Gallery in Fremont, California, and "Light Sensitive" at Art Intersection in Phoenix, Arizona. From January into March of 2013, his work was shown in the annual Juried Exhibition at the Center for Photographic Arts in Carmel, California (Jurors: Dean Brierly and Chris Johnson).

Two Blurb books showcase his work: "Envisioning Rumi" and "Infrared Roadtrip."

Artist’s Work

Hydrangea still life
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Hydrangea Still Life

By Bill McClaren

A way in
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A Way In

By Bill McClaren

Tree silhouette
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Tree Silhouette

By Bill McClaren

Salt point stream
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Salt Point Stream

By Bill McClaren

Thalias
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Thalias

By Bill McClaren

Vamdam sunset
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Vamdam Sunset

By Bill McClaren

Kohaku happiness
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Kohaku (Happiness)

By Bill McClaren

Red pajamas
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Red Pajamas

By Bill McClaren

Three geese
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Three Geese

By Bill McClaren

Klimpts palette
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Klimpt's Palette

By Bill McClaren

Blue fence
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Blue Fence

By Bill McClaren

Two aspens
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Two Aspens

By Bill McClaren

Riverstones
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Riverstones, Pecos River, NM

By Bill McClaren

Love 77
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Love '77

By Bill McClaren

A dignified death
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A Dignified Death

By Bill McClaren

Angel island
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Angel Island

By Bill McClaren

Nasturtrium
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Nasturtrium

By Bill McClaren

Illusion 2
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Illusion

By Bill McClaren

Hardscrabble
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Hardscrabble

By Bill McClaren

Dish
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Dish

By Bill McClaren

Autumn leaves
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Autumn Leaves

By Bill McClaren

Sunset fiery furnace
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Sunset, Fiery Furnace

By Bill McClaren

Memory
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Memory

By Bill McClaren

Selected Exhibitions

  • Center for Photographic Arts
    Carmel, CA, 2013
  • 2013 Center for Photographic Art Juried Exhibition at The Center for Photographic Art
    Carmel, CA, 2012
  • "Light Sensitive" at Art Intersection
    Phoenix, AZ, 2012
  • Olive Hyde Gallery
    Fremont, CA, 2011
  • Gallery 49
    Oakland, CA, 2009

Education

  • University of Texas, B.F.A.
    Austin, TX,1971