Contemplative Spaces, a new art exhibit by Nature Artists’ Guild member Gail L. Kroepel, PhD, will be on display at the Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield Street, Oak Park, IL throughout March and April, 2016.
During my years as an educator, I found inspiration by hiking in the woods at Starved Rock and other nature centers throughout Illinois. I began photographing these areas because I discovered that it sharpened my awareness; also, studying the photographs extended my experience, allowing me to relive these environments. To further deepen my appreciation of nature, I earned Morton Arboretum certificates as a Naturalist, as well as in Ornithology, Nature Photography, and Botanical Art. Once I retired from teaching, I turned my attention to these activities almost exclusively. Now, I search out Contemplative Spaces that I photograph and then paint; while painting, I am immersed in the scene that caught my attention. This has become a spiritual practice. – Gail L. Kroepel, PhD.