Jeni Kocher Zerphy in the Sieg Gallery
Artist Statement: Art is for everyone!
I try to create and celebrate something everyday. Some ideas are easily netted, others need to swim about in my head a bit, and still others evade capture entirely, becoming more of a catalyst for other creations. However, most of my work starts and ends up partially abstract and layered.
My photography is a mixed bag - sometimes I want to capture the beauty of the moment just as it is - other times, I want to create a different perspective, a familiar scene, seen differently.
I think of my photography as mining for gems. I collect promising material, sift through, then decide which are specimen pieces and which will be cut and polished. A lot of my favorite pieces happened by asking, “What if. . . ?” I hope you enjoy looking at my artwork as much as I enjoy creating it!
Bio: Jeni Kocher Zerphy grew up in the Lehigh Valley, located in Eastern Pennsylvania. She has been fascinated with the power of an image since she was a small child and has had a camera around her neck since she was thirteen. Living in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, Connecticut, and Maryland afforded her the opportunity to enjoy different flora and fauna. Jeni has now made it back to Pennsylvania and resides in State College with her husband, Matt (& Carkie, Squatch). She is an empty-nester as her son, Alex, is a student at Penn State. Her artwork has been in several juried and non-juried shows, including Images.
Her lifelong love of nature was deepened by her son’s interest in the natural world and passion for saving the Atlantic Horseshoe Crab. Jeni was the co-founder and educational outreach
Biography coordinator for the Chesapeake Conservation Center - an organization connecting people with nature and head-starting species impacted by the loss of sandy beach habitat. She is currently a board member for Echoes of Nature, a Maryland-based roving nature center entering their new phase of building a wildlife discovery center.
Jeni attended Penn State University and is a College of Education alumna. She is a Maryland & Pennsylvania certified teacher and has enjoyed working with students in grades PreK-12. She is also the author and illustrator of Submarine, the board book (ISBN# 978-0-692-24373-2). Submarine is proud to call the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry one of its many ports.
In addition, she started Steel Crab Industries, Inc. - a company dedicated to her art and illustration endeavors and is looking forward to connecting her digital art/graphic design/photography with the community & the university.
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