Lewis W. (Willis) Greiner, Jr. has been an avid outdoorsman, amateur astronomer and nature photographer for many years. Willis moved to Colorado in 1972 and describes himself as a "dyed-in-the-wool Westerner." "In the West, many have a relationship with land and nature that I deeply admire and respect; further, the landscape and natural environment inspire my soul and hopefully my creative sense," says Greiner.
Chronicling special astronomical events and "shooting" animals and nature scenes started the well-traveled Greiner on his creative exodus. He has been commonly accompanied by his sons Seth (now 20) and Larry (now 18) on expeditions to Utah's Canyonlands, Idaho's Wild and Scenic Rivers and Montana's backwoods. In the summer of 1991 they observed the Total Solar Eclipse from the Baja, Los Cabos, Mexico. More of Greiner's astronomical photography can be seen at astrophotographs.com.
Recent expeditions with his partner and wife Cheryl Price have allowed photographic exploration of the pre-Columbian cultures rising from the great jungle wilderness of Mesoamerica. 1995's self-guided float through the Grand Canyon of the Colorado resulted in an extensive photographic and literary interpretation of this multifaceted adventure. "Visits" by wayfaring comets have provided additional photographic material: expeditions recently to Malaysia, Borneo, Curacao (Netherlands Antilles) and Alaska have allowed for further photographic investigations of wilderness, underwater and "cosmic" topics.
Greiner and several artist friends started the Shadow Mountain Center for the Arts and Humanities (now Arts Alive!) in Conifer, Colorado. His work has been exhibited at the Center's cooperative Gallery and appears in other galleries and private collections throughout the country.
Greiner's belief in a living harmony between sky, earth and traditional organisms is his inspiration. His photography and writing are attempts to chronicle (and celebrate!) this harmony.
Cheryl Price was born and grew up in central Montana; from an early age she has had an interest in art. Combining her artistic talent and growing up in the Big Sky state, she has developed her own soft style of painting -- capturing the serenity and beauty of our natural environment in the simplest way possible. Her paintings reflect to the viewer that feeling of beauty and serenity that both surrounds us and is within us.
More recently Cheryl has also teamed with Willis Greiner to create a sort of "hand-painted" photography which they have coined photofantasia.
"Being an artist is a process that's ongoing and never-ending -- it's an adventure -- in search of truth and beauty through the use of color, form and light. What we create is not just what the eye sees but what the soul senses. Art is for getting in touch with ourselves and in realizing the connection and oneness with everything around us."