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ANITA WINSTANLEY ROARK BIOGRAPHY
Winstanley Roark studied at the University of Arizona and completed her BFA in art history and photography at the University of South Florida and then continued her graduate studies at the University of New Mexico. In her early career she trained under such noted photographers as Aaron Siskin, Harry Callahan, Harold Jones and Todd Walker.
Ms. Winstanley Roark has exhibited in numerous galleries and photographic shows. Her fine art photographs consist of still lifes, landscapes and nudes with a classical feel and have won her numerous awards including 1st place,
in Shore Magazine photo contest. Her photographs have been published in many magazines including Gulf Shore Magazine, Classic Boats, Cape Cod Times, Central Florida, Scene Magazine, Cape Cod Driftlines, Life on the Coast, The Naturalist, The Brewster Guide, The Hyannis Guide, The Cape Cod Guide, Cape Art Collector and other periodicals. A-Plus Magazine, Cape Art Collector and the Cape Cod Times have done featured articles on Ms. Winstanley Roark and her photographic art. In 2005 Ms. Winstanley Roark was the first photographer to be featured in American Art Collector as an artist in a article entitled Twenty Leading Ladies of Art. Winstanley Roark has exhibited in numerous shows including the Museum of Natural History, Cape Museum of Fine Arts, Cummaquid Fine Arts Figure Show, C3TV's Cape Cod Photographer's Show and as an invitational artist at "Women Creating - A Celebration of Cape Cod Women" with her photograph "Sitting With Minerva" selected as the centerpiece for this exhibition catalog. Cape Cod Times media reviewers said her photographs of the nude were "powerful" and "the glowing skin colors" create a "highly sensuous" mood. "Here, nature and the female body often meet to create powerful, riveting images that seem to reach across time."
In 1990, Ms. Winstanley Roark and her husband, Robert K. Roark, opened and operated Winstanley-Roark Fine Arts, one of Cape Cod's premier galleries representing over 35 artists. In 2010 they closed the gallery to give them more time to focus on their own art.
So, what is it that distinguishes a fine art photograph? For Anita Winstanley Roark that difference is how the quality of light that's available is used. Anita Winstanley Roark's photo ink prints are explorations of light and form. She states that she "prefers to use natural light to paint photographic images that explore our relationship with nature."
With rich colors and bold compositions she creates landscapes and figurative works that are visual poetry. Her figurative works focus on using light to contrast the textures and repetitive shapes found in nature and her models. These moving figurative statements create a sense of energy that empowers the female form and displays its connection to nature. Her fine art photographs are intermingled with sharply focused yet sweeping images of landscapes and nudes that display a classical feel.
Striving to create an intimate and a uniquely painterly quality to her photographs, Ms. Winstanley Roark has chosen to print her images as limited edition hank-glazed pigment prints. After mounting her work on museum board she uses a special hand painted process that protects the images from damage while eliminating the need for UV glass or mats.
Ms. Winstanley Roark states that "my objective is to capture, in direct images, the voluptuous quality of light and shapes that would ordinarily be missed in the rush of everyday life. I love to stop and reflect upon the beauty of this world and our place in it, and to share this beauty with others.
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