Longtime resident John Dixon shares his photography
John Oscar Dixon Jr. grew up in Cecilton, where he learned the value of hard work and an honest dollar, working for local farms and tree nurseries. He credits his mother and grandparents for the drive they instilled in him at an early age, as well as their love and dedication.
Now 44 with a fiancee and three daughters, he’s channeling that drive into his artwork.
Dixon still lives in Cecil County, residing in Elkton, where he is the owner and president of Life To Lens Photography LLC. His work was recently featured alongside Joe Redden’s in the exhibit “The New Guys, Capturing a Moment in Time.” How did you get into art? While in high school, I acquired my knowledge of furniture refinishing from an art teacher, Gary Dennis, who practiced the trade as a side business.
Throughout my years at Bohemia Manor, I received several honors for drawings, paintings and clay projects. I was recognized for my willingness to help others as well as my passion for woodworking.
My love of the camera came about after leaving high school in 1989. With no class projects as an outlet for my artistic eye, I soon picked up a camera after discovering works by photographers like Ansel Adams and John Garrett.
What type of art do you create?
Photography, sketching, painting — once upon a time, woodworking and cabinetry.
What do you about your work?
An active outdoor lifestyle of hiking, mountain
enjoy biking and road cycling, as well as knowledge of architecture, and an artistic background has allowed me to photograph a wide range of subjects.
The content in my photos is varied, professional and personal. It includes portraits, weddings, sports, nature, landscape, night photography and the occasional pet portrait. My artistic background has given me a unique perspective, and at times has allowed me to blend photography, sketching painting and other mediums.
What is your favorite piece?
Don’t really have a favorite piece, but black- andwhite photography appeals to me the most.
My current favorite subjects are long exposure/ night scenes and portrait photography on the personal level. Professionally, I aspire to continue and further his photojournalism career while running his growing photography business, lifetolens. com.
The Cecil County Arts Council is located at 135 E. Main Street in Elkton. For more on the arts council, call 410-392-5740 or visit the arts council online at www. cecilcountyartscouncil.org.