Featured Artists for July – September, Bruce Krech & Wanda Wood Krech
Joint Artist Bio
Wanda Wood Krech
Photographer and Digital Artist
A native of “Scenic New Hampshire,” Wanda has long been enamored with all things visual. As a fifth
Then, in the mid-1970s while experimenting with a friend’s 35 mm SLR camera, she became fascinated with the amount of detail captured by this intricate instrument. A hobby began that developed into a passion. In 1988 after only a couple of slide photography courses at
Wanda relocated to Green Valley in the spring of 1993. She worked for a couple of years before becoming disabled in the autumn of 1995. During the long months following her initial physical debilitation walking became a frequent practice. In a short
In 2004 Wanda purchased her first digital camera and a whole new world of learning and practice began. By 2007, while photographing New Mexico during weekend trips with a friend, she began to dream of the possibility of producing a body of photographic work. Initially, she made a couple of calendars to give to friends and her mother at Christmastime. In 2010 her dream enlarged to thoughts of a body of work on canvas. This was after seeing an acquaintance’s photographic prints on canvas. “His work inspired me so much I could hardly contain myself—especially when I traveled to scenic places in Utah, Hawaii, Arizona, New Mexico, New Hampshire, California
Having lost her mother in March of 2012, Wanda believes she has mellowed a lot because of the gift of grace bestowed upon her during her mom’s illnesses.
“Being available for my mom, as she needed me, was the best gift I received. Praying every morning to see God’s will and to then be willing to surrender to it was my practice during the time as my mother’s health advocate. Today I am truly grateful for all that God has given me, all that God has taken away, and all that God has left behind.
“I now see that God gifted me with a talent for artistic composition. New technology provides
(Above is an edited version of what Wanda wrote in January 2013 for her first show)
Bruce Eldon Krech
Photographer and Digital Artist
Brue took an early retirement from Honeywell in 2007, to take direct care of his wife Betsy. She had declined with Progressive MS in 2007 and died in 2009. He decided to move to Tucson to be near his daughter and her family in 2010.
A year later he began a “new life” with hiking. He added photography to enhance his time in nature and be able to capture and enjoy his many travels over this new period of his life. Making travel books of his adventures became part of his process. He traveled and photographed parts of Arizona, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico. In 2012 he ventured to Galapagos and Peru and saved his travel images using books made using Shutterfly.com.
Bruce and Wanda Meet
In autumn of
Bruce and Wanda’s joint ventures
Together they shot their first wedding (for friends)
In 2016 they traveled to Europe and took part in river cruise tours beginning at the Black Sea and ending five weeks later at the North Sea. Five photobooks (all done using Blurb.com) resulted so far and one is still in the works. In 2017 they traveled for three weeks in Africa. This trip covered safaris in parts of Botswana, Zambia
On September 6, 2017 they married at the Sonoran Desert Center for Spiritual Living. Wanda has been a member there since