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 commonly is 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.
Recent expeditions with his wife and partner 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 and 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
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
Recently Cheryl has also teamed with husband and partner 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 for the 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."
See where we've exhibited.