Some sixty years ago I created my first photo Christmas card. Kodak was offering a lightweight photo paper that could be folded twice into a greeting card format, this was black and white paper, but it allowed a fully personalized holiday greeting. In the following years the pressures on time prevented me more often than not from producing my own cards. But many years I spent some time on a photo, a sketch or a painting, and almost all featured a candle.
More recently, I have the time and the modern tools to engage in this pleasurable activity. For several years I have used a photo that recreated the Christmas tree from my childhood. This year again I have used that image as the basis for my holiday card.
When a friend expressed interest in sharing my work, I decided to add several versions to my catalog at Fine Art America. Here are these images.
These photo-paintings use just a few tones to simplify the the image and to reduce it to the essential message. I hope that these images remind you of the joy and hope of the season.