My work is about the beautiful, enchanted world we live in and the struggle to see. St. Augustine described it this way, “We are on a road—in spiritual, not spatial terms— and one blocked as it were by thorny hedgerows.” Yet sometimes, a bit of light breaks through. I often find myself stunned and charmed by simple things—a flickering shadow on the sidewalk, a faint reflection through a window. That is what I attempt to capture, coaxing stories out of the photographs and sketches I use as raw material.
Born in Arkansas and raised in Hannibal, Missouri, Skip McKinstry is an emerging artist and established graphic designer who lives in Oklahoma. While continuing his career as a graphic designer and copywriter, he has recently taken a divergent path in the direction of fine art photography and digital imagery. Freed from most of the constraints of advertising art he is able to develop themes that are passionate avocational interests. Those themes involve the beautiful, if sometimes hidden, enchantment of the natural world, individuals in the pursuit of work and calling, and the struggle to live in a world that is simultaneously enthralling and terrifying.