Our friend and fellow artist, Lynard Stroud, passed away unexpectedly during the second week of August, 2013.
Lynard was one of the founding members of the Collective, having been associated with the gallery from its days as the Taos Artist Co-Op, and even earlier than that, when it was an independent gallery under the ownership of Lois Fernandez.
From Lynard: “I have been photographing landscapes for 20 years, mostly in New Mexico. I did special studies courses in composition and lighting at UNM Albuquerque. I also studied at UAB in Birmingham, Alabama. I find the beauty in nature very compelling. The primal landscapes of New Mexico never cease to inspire me. Roads are a particular interest to me. I like cruising the back roads and finding unique scenes to share through my work.
“I got started while doing land surveying and used a point and shoot camera at first. After taking some classes, I purchased a Nikon FM 2 manual camera. I shoot slide film. I have been inspired by Elliot Porter and Galen Rowell. I recognize the patterns in chaos and the patterns in nature. I love the New Mexico light, and I continue to try to reproduce the feeling I get when I'm out shooting. I like finding unexpected beauty around each bend in the road.”
The Photographic Collection of Lynard Stroud's may be seen, by appointment, at the Taos Artist Collective.