Meet the artist: Clint Whitmer

Current Hometown: Williston

Where can we see your work?

I have western North Dakota images up in the Public Arts Commission display in Grand Forks, N.D. I also have “Sentinels of the Plains” (grain elevators) images up at the Livingston Center for the Arts in Livingston, MT.

Do you have work for sale?

Yes my work is for sale.

In what media do you work?

I work in photography with various software manipulations (Photoshop, Photomatix, and Topaz to name a few.)

How would you describe your style?

Contemporary, with an eye to creating art.

Who has influenced you?

Cartier-Bresson’s “capture the moment,” to Dali and his courage to present his perception of art versus reality.

What do you most enjoy about the creative process?

Digital capture with a sensor and its ability to be loaded into a computer for processing and printing has made the world of photography truly unique allowing the photographer total control of the final expression of his vision. For me, this is creativity unleashed.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I took my first images in Vietnam, where I spent one year as a Combat Medic, 1968-1969. I bought an Olympus pen-f half-frame for its compact size and one-half frame meant twice as many images per roll of film in the jungle.

Owner of Whitmer Drilling for water wells 1972-1986.

Consulting geologist to the Sultanate of Oman Ministry of Water Resources, 1990-1993.

Taught darkroom photography at Aaniiih Nakoda College, Harlem, MT and taught digital photography at Fort Peck Community College, Poplar, MT.

I have had over 20 exhibits in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington, and the Sultanate of Oman.

My “Dout Camels” from Oman was a “Best of Show.”