Artist Spotlight # 54

Submitted by mimi 11/07/10 1:12 AM GMT

I present to you our next artist to be spotlighted. She came first as a farmgirl and later returned as danika. She is known to many of us as Sherree.
Please stop by her varied gallery and leave a word or three. Here is Sheree's bio:

‘Wow’ was the first word that came to mind when I received Mimi’s message that I had been selected “Artist Of The Month”. Then I was smiling ear to ear with some tears of joy in between. I’m deeply honored & would like to give my heartfelt thanks to all that nominated me. I’m still in shock. Wow.

My full name is Sherree Koch (pronounced cook). Maiden name Aasum (pronounced awesome) … thought I’d throw that in there. My husband, John, and I have been married for 26 years. No children, but we have 10 Labrador Retrievers that are part of our extended family and they are the next best thing to having kids. I have lived all my life in Southeastern Minnesota (also known as Bluff Country) except for 4 years while I was attending college in LaCrosse, WI. I then moved to the Rochester, MN area and worked for 21 years in the medical field as a Medical Laboratory Technician. I also was certified as a Limited X-ray Technician. I did the x-ray film developing the old way for many years until the equipment was replaced with a more high-tech version. January 2001 my husband and I purchased my grandparents 130 acre farm located near my hometown of Caledonia, MN. We quit our jobs in April 2001 and retired to the farm by late summer of the same year. With no work plans, traveling became our focus and we did that for a couple of years. Utah and Arizona were my favorite places to visit. Then reality set in and it was time to go back to work. I worked for a dog breeder for a year and fell in love with the Labrador Retriever breed. Besides a few part-time jobs I have worked out of the home for the past 8 years raising, breeding, and training this amazing dog. My four-legged friends keep me on my toes and out of trouble. Some of my hobbies / interests besides photography are hiking in my woods, scuba diving, fishing, restoring antique furniture, and collecting wildlife / Labrador Retriever prints / paintings. My favorite artist’s are local … one goes by the name of Michael Sieve and the other is Timothy Craig.

I ran across by accident in February 2006. If my memory is correct I made a typo in my search and noticed Caedes Desktop Wallpaper near the top of the page. At that point I never considered searching for wallpaper’s for my PC and thought Caedes was worth checking out. I was impressed by what I saw and within days I created a user name (I went by farmgirl_pml at that time) and posted my first image which I believe was one of a hot air balloon. By fall 2006 I was developing my own website for the dogs. I first tried 2 separate free websites and then decided to create my own .com website. It was a smart move on my part. Creating a website was an enlightening (sometimes frustrating) experience as I didn’t have a clue what I was doing at the time. I left Caedes as my time was extremely limited and most of my devotion was to my own website. Fast forward to October 2007 … I found my way back to Caedes under my current user name. I missed all the connections I had made here & I knew there was so much more to learn in regards to photography, fractals, editing, etc. So here I am … again.

Photography has been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember. At the young age of 5, I was always asking my dad, “Let’s make some pictures with your camera”. He held the camera while I pushed the ‘magic button’ (shutter button). For my 10th birthday I received my first camera along with a box of some old family sepia / b & w photographs … a gift from my grandmother. My first camera went with me everywhere and my love for B & W photography began. I recall at one time my camera being confiscated by my 5th grade teacher for sneaking snaps of my classmates while class was in session. I also worked in the Media Resource Center during high school plus did camera work for the school newspaper. In recent years I have been a judge for the photography and art entries at the local county fair. After using numerous 35mm camera’s over the years, I finally purchased my first digital in 2004 … a Kodak DX6340. The following year I added a Kodak P850 with a fixed teleconverter lens and later on a Canon PowerShot S3 IS. February 2008 I took the plunge and purchased my first DSLR … a Nikon D300 with the Nikkor 18-200 mm VR lens. Other lens : two Nikkor 70-300 mm (one with VR and one without); AF Nikkor 28-80 mm (an old lens, but I love it … it’s so fast and lightweight); and a Sigma DG 150-500 mm APO HSM with OS. I also own two 35 mm Sealife Underwater camera’s with protective case, filters, and strobe lights. One of my favorite subjects is birds in flight and it’s an area of photography I strive to improve on … plus I love the challenge. I mainly use Paint Shop Pro 2X as my editing software, but also have PhotoFiltre.

I also do fractals. When I first became a member of Caedes I was totally fascinated by this genre of artwork and wanted to learn how they were created. I would like to take this time to say thanks to all fractalist’s that helped me learn the process of creating beautiful fractal art. I didn’t know much about editing images when I became a member and started posting here, so I’d like to give thanks to my fellow Caedesians … too many to mention, but I have a feeling you know who you are. I appreciate all of your help, support, suggestions, and critiques. Everyone in one way or another has helped me grow as a photographer and fractal artist. It’s a joy viewing everyone’s work and I’m amazed by the creative group we have here. What makes this place extra special is that we all are an inspiration to one another. I’d also like to give a big thanks to *caedes (Geri) and all the mod's. Your hard work and dedication is truly appreciated and I can’t think of a better place to spend my free time … here at Caedes.

I was asked what my favorite image is. I’d have to go with “Foggy Trilogy”. I like the challenge of shooting in dense fog plus envisioned this particular scene in B & W before I actually took the shot … it also reflected the mood I was feeling at the time. Once again, a big thanks to all of my fellow Caedesian friends. I’m very honored and excited to be AOTM. WOW!

Love and hugs to you all,



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11/15/10 2:50 AM GMT
*smiles* I'm happy for you, Sherree. Enjoy!

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11/15/10 4:50 AM GMT
Congratulations! You have worked hard and now it's time to enjoy your turn in the spot light.
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11/15/10 11:29 AM GMT
Super duper congrats Sherree!! You have such a full and fun gallery with many different things for all to enjoy!!
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Why do the pictures come out square when the lens is round??
11/15/10 4:17 PM GMT
I am so happy for you Sherree, you do have a wonderful gallery and this award is well deserved. Enjoy your time in the spot light. Nice story about you also. My favorite subjects are bitd in flight photos also. Have a great day....Gregg
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11/15/10 4:52 PM GMT
Congratulations Sherree! You have diverse and beautiful artistic talents. Truly enjoyed reading your bio. Would be hard to pick a favorite of yours. One that I always remember and rotate on my screen is Six Pack . : )
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11/15/10 5:23 PM GMT
Congrats Sherrie. I am very happy for you and I too enjoyed reading your bio. Good luck with all those dogs you are raising and enjoy your month! ~~ John
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11/15/10 10:29 PM GMT
Congratulations Sherree - a very well deserved honour to recognise your varied talents also your valuable participation:)
It was a pleasure to read your bio

:) :) :)
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My thanks to all who leave comments for my work and to those of you who like one enough to make it a favourite. To touch just one person that way makes each image worthwhile. . . . . . . . . .. . . . "The question is not what you look at, but what you see" ~ Marcel Proust
11/16/10 3:20 AM GMT
Some parallels in our lives I see, Sherree. I remember you as farmgirl and the fact that we worked in the same field (lab). We also started with the same Kodak camera and found an interest in fractals while here. You have come along way and I enjoy seeing your posts. Would also love to have your Nikon. lol It's time for you to enjoy your title and relish the spotlight as this month's well deserved AOTM. Hurray!
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Life is precious; therefore, do not waste it by doing things mechanically without love. We should try to put love into everything we do. - Amma
11/16/10 9:04 AM GMT
Way to go owd gal!....The sweetheart of the month eh!...had to come cos I felt it in me water!...~chuckles~

Reap the rewards darlin' cos your well worth it!
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* A picture is the expression of an impression * .. .. OwdBob'sGallery
11/16/10 10:50 AM GMT
Congratulations Sherree! Very well deserved honour and I enjoyed reading your bio.
Enjoy your time in the limelight.
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"Only two things are infinite; the universe and human stupidity. And I'm not too sure about the former." Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
11/16/10 4:59 PM GMT
Way to go, Sherree. I'm really pleased to see you get this opportunity to be in the spotlight. Keep up the great work.

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11/16/10 6:18 PM GMT
Congratulations Sherree! I am happy for you, and.. ofcourse so deserved! Enjoy this! Mich
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11/16/10 7:00 PM GMT
This is wonderful Sherree! Congratulations! This is so well deserved. You are so talanted and this proves it! Enjoy your time in the limelight my friend!
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11/16/10 7:15 PM GMT
i'm sure glad to see this. you are most deserving. jen
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11/16/10 10:47 PM GMT

Congratulations, Sherree.

If this feature was based solely on support of the site ... most deserved.

If this feature was based solely on artistic merits ... most deserved. As you are an accomplished artist in various mediums.

Since this feature is based on both ... forgone conclusion and once again ... assuredly, well deserved.

One of my favs in your galleries is:

"Mr. Violin Man"

/\ One of, that is.

As "Foggy Trilogy" makes the list as well. In addition to a very personal fav, that of; "Musica Universalis". Then there is "Home Away From Home" and "Autumnal Mural". And and ...

(*cues music ...*)

Enjoy your time in the limelight.

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11/16/10 10:51 PM GMT
Congratulations Sherree,you have different kinds of photos,you have some really good photos and besides that,you are also a nice person.
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11/17/10 12:59 AM GMT
How wonderful! Congratulations to you! I loved reading and learning more about you, too. I've been to Caledonia. It's gorgeous there. Also grew up with a lab -they're wonderful dogs.
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All of earth is crammed with heaven And every bush aflame with God But only those who see take off their shoes. - Elizabeth Barrett Browning<p> mygallery
11/17/10 1:25 AM GMT
Just now noticed your well deserved honor Harree. You are so multi talented and it it about time you received this award. Foggy Trilogy is my favorite as well. Second would be Foggy Trilogy revised.
I have enjoyed being a friend since I first came on here and wish you all the best for the future.

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Cameras are like people--sometimes they lose focus.
11/17/10 7:20 PM GMT
Congratulations, Danika. A lot of images catch my eye in your gallery, but these five are my favourites:

Dancing with the Stars
From Here to Eternity
Under the Sea
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11/17/10 11:26 PM GMT
Congratulations Sherreee on becoming AOTM. Your gallery is so beautiful and you certainly deserve the honour. Also it is nice to read your narrative above. - Raj
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11/18/10 3:01 AM GMT
WOW!! Congratulations, Sherree. It's really great to see you chosen as Featured Artist. You do such good work, and you are so talented in many different areas, Birds, foofies, landscapes, fractals. It's all good. Enjoy your time in the spotlight.
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11/18/10 3:08 AM GMT
Oh, I'm so happy for you Sherree!!!!! I remember that thrill and crying over it myself. You'll bubble for deserved honor you have and congrats girl! Love your works!
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11/18/10 8:30 AM GMT
Congratulations, Sherree. I'm happy for you. You have a great gallery.

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11/19/10 4:18 AM GMT
Oh Congrats Sherree, I'm so glad to see you added to this list. I really enjoyed reading your story as well. Kudos lady!
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Nature in all her glory is my uplift on life and so is my love of photography. sandi ♪ ♫
11/19/10 6:46 PM GMT
Outstanding Choice for AOTM. Congrats Sherree! I like your entire gallery. Read your interesting bio and glad you like shooting birds with cameras as much as I. My Favorite however is Autumn Mural, and not a bird. I know how hard it is to get a Great Shot of a wall painting and you nailed this one. Hope you enjoy your time in the Spotlight.

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11/20/10 9:21 AM GMT
Hello Sherree,

Like to offer you my congratulations for becoming a well deserved place in the Caedes 'Hall of Fame'.
Please enjoy your time in the spotlight.
Thanks for your story and thanks for sharing your wonderful work as well. I enjoy it very much.

Regards, Cornelius.
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11/22/10 1:03 PM GMT
Hello Sherree
Congratulations and enjoy your special spotlight on all your beautiful art! It's a well deserved honor.

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11/29/10 9:35 PM GMT

I am glad to know you a little bit more Sherree!:-) You are a very nice person, helping me almost since my beginning here in Caedes, giving support and helping me to improve, I respect deeply your opinion because I enjoy most part of your beautiful and very well done work, to me a honror to have you as a friend here in Caedes. Thank you. Be blessed!
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Susie Sun
12/07/10 8:13 PM GMT
Congrats Sherree; it's very well deserved.
I really appreciated your narrative (very interesting), I like your passion for Labradors. I owns a small Pincher, which is like a baby for me. We do not have sons and then I can understand your passion.
I thanks you very much for continual supportive comments on my posts and this spotlight is, for my view, dedicated to a very special person: you
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01/08/11 5:02 PM GMT
Congratulations, Sherree! It's a small world....I've now learned that you and I are fellow Minnesotans as well as dog lovers. How neat! I've just taken a bit of time to peruse your gallery - - impressive! I look forward to tuning into more of your work in the future! Again, congrats!
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