Artist Member Spotlight: Tom Ouellette
Tom Ouellette is photographer, long-time ACE Artist Member, and newly an ACE Signature Artist Member. Tom has been involved with Arts Center East, in one capacity or another, since its inception. His work has been included in all of ACE’s past Photography and ACE Artist Member exhibits.
For Tom, photography has been a lifelong hobby. But it was while Tom was a student that he began to consider photography more seriously. “I was inspired to take a more professional approach to photography by a high school Humanities teacher and photographer.” Since then, he has turned his passion into something more. “Over the past 10 years I have developed a small business selling photographs, cards, calendars, and other gifts at craft fairs, farmers markets, and gift shops.”
Tom took his personal business experience and put it to work at Arts Center East. He worked with other volunteers to establish the gift shop, which has continued to grow over the years, and will soon be undergoing renovations. Tom also helped start the ACE Annual Holiday Fair. The growth in size and popularity of the Holiday Fair is much to Tom’s credit.
In his own work, Tom prefers both natural subjects and a natural approach to the photography process. He shoots, prints, mats, and frames his photos himself, and uses little to no digital enhancement or manipulation of the images he captures.
Before retiring, Tom worked as a Senior Environmental Analyst at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Office of Long Island Sound Programs. A biologist and self-proclaimed birder, Tom enjoys photographing coastal scenery and farms throughout New England. “I photograph birds in coastal habitats and wildlife preserves. I have also photographed landscapes and wildlife throughout the U.S. (Arizona and New Mexico are particular favorites) and in Canada, Iceland, Ireland and Scotland. I am intrigued by barns, lighthouses and other structural artifacts of society, and I try to capture those images from unique perspectives. I strive to show artistic elements in my landscape photos.” One of his perhaps most striking and distinctly New England photographs is Winter Wind taken in Great Barrington, MA.
When asked if Tom has a preferred subject or location, he replied, “I always have my camera with me and look for the subjects wherever I am.”
You can see more of Tom’s work on his website.