Five Reasons to Decorate with Real Artwork
Hanging real art in your home and business adds a touch of sophistication and class.
The art you select expresses your uniqueness and communicates who you are.
Art adds feeling and texture to a room.
You gain the satisfaction of supporting real artists instead of supporting big box stores that sell items made by machines in other countries.
You have the opportunity to develop a personal relationship with the artist-getting invited to VIP specials and events.
Please visit my gallery pages to view and shop for real art.
Fine Art Infrared Photography
“Real vision is the ability to see the invisible” – Jonathan Swift
What is Infrared Photography?
Infrared photography is a look into the invisible world.
The human eye can only see wavelengths from 400 nm-700 nm (from purple to red); infrared light is beyond 700nm to 1200nm.
There are two ways to capture infrared light: 1) use infrared film, or 2) use a converted digital camera specifically for infrared photography.
Infrared photography produces very distinct effects which make them aesthetically pleasing. The most striking difference is the “Wood Effect” (named after Robert W. Wood), where leaves reflect light giving them a bright white look. Robert W. Wood is considered the father of infrared photography. Infrared photography produces surreal color landscapes and high-contrast black and white photographs.
My Introduction to Infrared Photography in Black and White
About 20 years ago, I saw the work of Sir Simon Marsden, a British photographer who specialized in infrared photography. I was awestruck by his ethereal and dramatic images. Inspired by Simon Marsden, I began a long quest to learn infrared photography.
At the time, I could not find any classes on infrared film photography, so I taught myself. I learned infrared photography by reading, researching, and spending lots of time practicing. In 2008, I bought my first converted digital camera specifically for infrared photography. I am now on my second converted digital camera and continue to explore the wonderment of infrared. Infrared enables me to create dramatic, high-contrast black and white images, which I love.
Ten Things To Know Before You Visit Ireland
- Don’t ask people about “The Troubles” or any politics.
- Be prepared to be referred to as a “Yank” (those from America).
- Don’t say, my last name is Murphy. Do you know where my family is from?
- Pack light – the cars are tiny.
- Avoid driving if possible.
- Drinking under the influence is strictly enforced. Have a designated driver.
- Eat the local, fresh food.
- Be prepared for the weather – pack layers and rain gear.
- Mind your manners – say “please and thank you”, wait your turn, don’t be demanding and practice patience.
- Don’t kiss the Blarney Stone – the locals pee on it!
To view my black and white photographs of Ireland, visit
Reasons to visit Oxford, Maryland
Things to Do in Oxford, Maryland
Oxford, Maryland, is a waterfront, historic town located in Talbot County on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
Oxford originated in 1683 as a major shipping port for tobacco until the American Revolutionary War.
After the war, the economic crop changed from tobacco to wheat and the town economically thrived on the oyster industry.
Today, Oxford is populated with residents, watermen, and tourists. It is a quaint, quiet place to enjoy the serene waters of the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
Sail on the Tred Avon River
Buy picnic provisions from the Oxford Market and Deli at 203 S. Morris St.
Picnic at the waterfront park on Morris St.
Spend the day at Strand Beach on East Strand Rd., and search for sea glass.
Stay and/or dine at the historic Robert Morris Inn and Tavern.
Learn about local Black history at the John Wesley Church and graveyard – Oxford Rd.
Pay respects to original residents of Oxford at the Oxford Cemetery. Famous graves include Tench Tilghman, who was the Aide-de-Camp to General George Washington.
Bike ride around the town.
Get an up-close view of the beautiful homes and gardens. The terrain is flat and perfect for biking.
Enjoy a ride on the Oxford – Bellevue Ferry
The Oxford – Bellevue Ferry links Bellevue (near St. Michaels) and Oxford across the Tred Avon River.
This ferry has been operated since 1683 and is known as the oldest privately owned ferry in the United States.
Enjoy the scenery during the 10-minutes long ferry ride. The ferry runs from April to November.
Visit www. Oxfordferry.com for more information.
Check out special events throughout the year.
Events include the resident artist studio tours, garden tours, Paint Oxford Days, Oxford Day, Fine Arts Fair, Cardboard Boat Race, the Oxford Regatta,· Waterfowl weekend, and Christmas on the Creek.
For more information on visiting Oxford, Maryland, and other parts of Talbot County,
To view and buy photographs of Oxford, Maryland, and the Eastern Shore of Maryland, please visit my online gallery at