Sandpiper member artist Jay Cross

Artist's Statement

Jay Cross, photographing in Badlands National Park

Jay Cross

I grew up in northeastern Ohio in the shadow of what would one day become Cuyahoga Valley National Park. As a boy I spent as much time as I could, in all seasons, hiking the trails through the hardwood forests and climbing the sandstone cliffs in areas that later became the park. I studied the natural history of the area and learned all I could about the plants, birds, and animals I'd see on my hikes. Today my photographs are an attempt to capture, preserve, and share the world's natural beauty, perhaps bringing awareness to others of the peril in which it exists.

In 2003 my wife (Pat) and I moved from a small town in Ohio to Polson, MT. Being just 70 miles from Glacier National Park's west entrance, we visit the park frequently, and also make several trips each year to Yellowstone, the Rocky Mountain Front, and elsewhere. I have worked hard at the craft of landscape/scenic photography, and have also taken advantage of opportunities to photograph wildlife. I love being outdoors, studying the light, composing the scene, waiting for the right moment, and then capturing the image.

I find printmaking equally creative and satisfying. The image comes to life in the final framed print and as such can be enjoyed for years. I produce the prints myself so I have complete control over the process.

About The Prints

My printed photographs are archival pigment prints (often referred to as “giclée”), printed on heavy-weight fine-art or gloss papers. Prints are signed on the border or reverse side, never on the printed area. My gallery prints are professionally framed using top-quality framing and matting materials. All papers, mats, and mount boards are acid-free. When properly displayed these prints will last for generations. Prints purchased via my Web site are not mounted; based on size these are shipped flat or rolled in mailing tubes. More information is available on the site.

When you purchase a print I hope it will bring you the same joy and wonder I felt when I took the picture.

See photos of my work.