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Meet Roy Kerckhoffs | Mixed media artist

Today we’re excited to introduce you to Roy Kerckhoffs. Roy is a Mixed media artist and is also a content partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work that we do, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. Check out our conversation with Roy below.

Hi Roy, thank you so much for sitting down with us again. For folks who might have missed our initial interview, can you start by briefly introducing yourself?
I am Roy Kerckhoffs, former scientist, now full-time 2D mixed media artist.

I love bold textures as these are created by passing time, therefore putting emphasis on bygone days. In particular, I aim to show the beauty that exists in human-made wooden, concrete and steel structures contrasting with soft organic forms from nature. I draw most inspiration from industrial objects, ghost towns and coastal themes with an element of human origin in it. Human-made objects that are aging will show lots of texture and contrast; what’s more, because these objects have been around for a while, there are so many possible stories that are linked to these objects and the scenes that they exist in.

I convey my stories with high-contrast black and white photographs and hand tint the photographs with either pastels, acrylics, oils, or a combination of them. In the early days of photography, people used to hand tint black and white photographs with transparent oils. In those days color was applied with cotton balls; I apply oil paint to photo paper with cotton rounds and cotton swabs. More recently, I experimented with other media and now I also apply acrylics and oils to black and white photos on canvas – thinned with acrylic medium and liquin, pastels to black and white photos on matte papers, and oils on plexiglass.

You were a scientist. Are there any similarities between your work in science and your current work?
My background as a scientist/engineer informs how I approach photography. For one, I like straight-on shots, with straight lines going across the image. I also typically try to shoot a subject from all sides using a variety of focal lengths, hence I’m researching my subject. Sometimes, especially when I haven’t visited a particular area yet, I do some initial research using Google Earth. In science, you convey your research through scientific papers to your peers, and that is done as unambiguously as possible. With photography, you also convey your story to the public with your images, but naturally ambiguity is allowed here, as people have their own interpretation of art. In doing research and in scientific papers, you typically work with an hypothesis whereas in my current work I like to play around with a mission statement I wrote down back in 2016: to continue to renew old and to explore novel approaches to fine art photography, to touch people’s hearts by creating art work they connect to and inspire and educate them to create their own.

Can we expect more books with your work?
My current coffee table book with hand colored images from Encinitas was first published back in 2017 and this edition is about to run out. Therefore I started on a 2nd edition. I am also planning a coffee table book with hand colored images from Carlsbad and perhaps one with a combination of Del Mar/Solana Beach images. They will also have a chapter or two on DIY hand coloring black and white photographs.

Where can we see your work?
The easiest accessible would be my website at roykart.com and on a bunch of social media. In person work can be viewed in several galleries and stores across San Diego County and Santa Monica, which locations are also listed on my website. In October will take part in the La Jolla Art and Wine Festival.

Do you have any major (or minor) plans for the future?
There are a few things I have in mind. For one, the additional books I’m working on. Secondly – as it’s stated in my earlier mentioned mission statement – I’d like to explore different media to apply to my photography. In 2011/2012 I started hand coloring my black and white photos with dedicated translucent oils on photo paper, Later I also started coloring with acrylics, water colors and pastels. The latest change is that I started painting in skies – either realistic or impressionist – onto my photos. That could be extended to other painted elements such that you’re looking at half a painting, half a photo. Thirdly, I started a YouTube channel in which I demonstrate a variety of techniques of hand tinting and I’m looking to put more time into that.

It was so great to reconnect. One last question – how can our readers connect with you, learn more or support you?
My website: https://roykart.com where you can also sign up for my monthly news letter Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/roy_kerckhoffs_art/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eyeballphotography
Twitter: @KerckhoffsRoy
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/RoyKerckhoffsArt

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