California native Locke Heemstra first became
intrigued with capturing a setting’s unique essence on
film during a Boy Scout camping trip in the High Sierra.
“I was in awe
being surrounded by so much natural beauty. Then I realized
that with the help of my camera, I could bring it home and
enjoy it again and again.”
Locke decided to pursue a career in photography and enrolled in the
photojournalism program at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California.
He returned to the San Francisco Peninsula after graduation and began
exhibiting his work in juried art shows in the mid 1990s.
Locke Heemstra's early images focused on the natural wonders of the
United States, from the rich fall foliage of New England to the vivid
blues and greens of the California coast. In time, he began to concentrate
on natural and manmade settings lush with color.
are drawn to color,” he explains. “It’s
a natural instinct.”
The public’s enthusiastic response to the vibrant colors in his
work convinced Locke he was on the right path. Next, he decided to combine
his love of European culture with his new approach to color.
soon as I arrived in Paris on my first trip abroad, I knew I’d
found my niche”
Today, Locke travels to Europe at least three times a year, always
searching for that special image that will give the viewer a sense of
place. His decision to begin printing his images
on canvas further enhances their Old World charm.
clients are always telling me how lucky I am to be able to travel
the world in search of beauty. And
they’re right; it’s a wonderful life”