ARLINGTON —Ever since Seline H. Skoug was 17-years-old, she could be found with a camera in her hand. Coming from a Norwegian heritage, she spends most of her time outside hiking and fly-fishing and will host her first photography series titled "Winter Blues-The Magic of Light on our Winter Landscape" at the Martha Canfield Library Gallery in Arlington on March 5.
There will be a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. that day for the public to meet the artist and the series will run through March 30.
Skoug, an Alrington resident, has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in Vermont and New York. Her work is also displayed in private homes and offices around the country, according to a release from the library. The artist's inspiration stems from traveling from Norway to the rivers and mountains of Vermont and sights of the natural world and community.
Aside from her occasional abstract painting, Skoug expects to shine a light on community features that people drive by every day like barns, trees and other landscapes.
"I'm outside all the time and all season. I really love the winter, even this with no snow," she said. "I have photos of trees covered in ice and mostly focus on the Battenkill Valley."
The photographer uses a Nikon D7100, and sometimes an iPhone, and was influenced by fellow talented artists to bring her work out into the open. Her husband is also a designer and helped format her photos to be sold.
"I get a kick out of people's smiles," she said about when people admire her work. "This particular gallery will show somber farms, but that's life and it's beautiful. There's a red barn yellow field and blue sky, and it just comes together in a nice package. I just love bringing everyone together."
Skoug said she's amazed in the mornings when she's en route to being a nurse at express care at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center because of the beautiful morning light that hits natural objects.
"I can't wait to share it [photos] with people," she said. "It makes me feel good."
See Skoug's work at http://www.selineskoug.com/.
—Makayla-Courtney McGeeney can be reached at (802)-447-7567, ext. 118.