Long­time resident John Dixon shares his pho­tog­ra­phy

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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.

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