Aside from my deep connection to photography I also have a love for learning, practicing and preserving various art techniques cultivated by those artisans who came before us. I don’t consider myself an artist who devotes thier life works to one art form, but my values and beliefs often align with many cultures, villages, stories, folklore, and religions from around the world. Therefore my work tends to be symbolic and filled with components drawing from a worldly perspective. I recently purchased an amazing and vibrant book called The Work of Art, Folk Artists in The 21st Century by Carmella Padilla. I highly recommend this read to anyone who identifies with being a practicing folk artist or for anyone who just wants to learn more about folk art in general. It’s filled with beautiful photos and stories and specific and ancient art techniques that have been passed down from generation to generation. The following gallery contains just a few excerpts from the book (I haven’t even begun scratching the surface). FYI this book can also be purchased at the Milwaukee Art Museum at a steal!