Artist Statement 

The reflection of the autumn shoreline of a northern Wisconsin lake near Conover, in Vilas County (PHP_IMG_10810)

Listening To What Nature Has To Offer

As a self-taught, award-winning, landscape photographer, (from Wisconsin), my photographic goal has always been to “give a voice” to the land and the natural environment, (paraphrasing a John Denver lyric from“Wild Montana Skies”) in my own small way.

Since I was young, I’ve held an interest in the natural sciences. In the early “70’s, while stationed with the Navy in the California desert, I picked up an old Argus 35mm camera and started capturing the landscapes of the area. With the Sierra Nevada Mountains bordering the desert on the west, it wasn’t hard to find inspiration.

Upon leaving the military, my interest in both photography and the natural environment never waned. After obtaining a natural science degree, I visualized photographic opportunities while driving many miles throughout my sales career. Following my conversation with Denali (true story),  I retired early from Motorola on Friday, October 13, 2006 and committed to landscape photography full-time.

Two influencers of my photography are John Denver and John Muir. Perhaps that may be why, when looking through the viewfinder, I hear the music and listen to the performance nature offers. Each aspect of the scene becomes one instrument playing its part in the total composition.

Enter the Scene

Rather than simply documenting what lies before me, I strive to allow the viewer to emotionally enter the scene, experience the nuances of the image, appreciate its “musical composition” and benefit from its inspiration. 

The Ultimate Expression Of My Vision - The Print

As an artist, I’m free to create the image that I envision when depressing the shutter. Part of this includes making all the decisions, from capture settings through to the final print.

I always view creating the best image in the field (via lens selection, composition, etc.) the first criteria for a successful print. Post processing only amplifies the visualized image that I had initially created. The final print, which I print myself, allows for this ultimate expression of my initial visualization.

Print vs Stock Photography

Not every image makes a great print. For that reason, I have two distinctly different web sites.

Powder Hill Photography - Fine Art Landscape Photography

The fine art site provides a carefully selected and edited number of images which, in my opinion, make great landscape prints. These images are available in the Print Store.

Powder Hill Photography - Stock Photography

The stock site provides hundreds of images that would make great stock photography for publication, advertising, etc. Images are immediately available for RM licensing and then download.

Complete Customer Satisfaction

I am uncompromising in my quest to provide the highest quality, natural color landscape prints. My signature on your print is your “certificate of authenticity“, knowing that your print meets and exceeds these standards.

Your purchase of my prints are backed with my 30-day, no-hassle return policy.   If you are not 100% satisfied with your print - for any reason - return it to me within 30 days from date of purchase and I will immediately refund your purchase price less shipping. 

My goal is that you are more than satisfied and are proud to have my landscape photography decorating your home or office environment. Anything less than that is not acceptable!

West Bend News Interview

I was interviewed by the West Bend News (Wisconsin) for a newspaper special “arts” supplement in spring 2018. There were numerous artists included in this supplement representing many different interests. I was the selected photographer. Although much of what is stated above is in the article, it is written from a reporter’s perspective, which is quite interesting.

Drake Fleege 
Powder Hill Photograhy LLC 
Hartford, Wisconsin