Call for Entries Accepted Artists
Culver City, California, USA
Richard Rownak started early in his life with an appreciation for visual design, composition and color that was used in a way that would grab his attention and force him to notice the impact of the color, design or texture of the art piece. This basic acknowledgement and enjoyment of the two dimensional image finally peaked his interest enough to encourage him to start sketching and painting with oils on canvas as well as pen and ink. Photography was the art form that Richard decided to learn and use for a vocation and avocation. One-man art shows and shows with other artisans over the years have been a fun adventure.
Richard has written magazine articles about landscape photography for Petersen’s and won awards in the Sierra Club photo contest. He has created special effects advertising for a major motion picture, sold his photographic images to major corporations for their offices. He has worked with designers of all types to capture images of their designs of restaurants, buildings, homes and landscapes.
Richard Rownak developed a unique contemporary technique he calls “Scantography”, as the result of his experimentation into the many aspects of the visual arts. To commercialize this idea he set up a web site at Scantography.com through which he sells his greeting cards and instructional PDF. “It’s great to see how many other ways people have used a flatbed scanner and computer to be creative.” Although much of Rownak’s work is in the surrealist genre he has also created many more realistic graphics by scanning live flowers. Currently his attention focuses on the techniques of 3D programs, whereby he mixes the resulting still images with other elements to create his intriguing and thought provoking work.
“Life gives us only so much time, we should strive to make the most of it. Everyone’s enjoyment and interest are different, staying fresh and open to new knowledge and expression is how Richard wants to spend his time.”