Arun Patel

Studio 7

Black and white photographs printing on various washi papers with a minimalist approach. Combined photography and paintings in collaboration with Keith Wilson.

arun patel at woork.jpg

I am interested in creating art at the intersection of painting and photography. I use the camera to compose minimalist images using the principles of Asian landscape painting such as creating depth with layers and mist, and the use of negative or empty space. Details interest me more than grand landscapes, and I attempt to draw in the viewer and create a sense of calm and contemplation at the wonder of nature. Finally, matching each image to a particular washi paper, taking into account its texture, thickness, and absorbent qualities, I try to create an expressive print.

I am intrigued by the idea of collaborating with other artists. Those who make washi are skilled artisans, generations of whom have dedicated their lives to this ancient craft. I have been privileged to work with Katherine Xiao, an internationally recognized artist and master calligrapher. My recent collaboration with an accomplished painter, Keith Wilson (, has explored blending his sumi-ink watercolor paintings and my photographs into a unique digital image. 

Directions to Studio 7  at 38083 Breaker Reach, The Sea Ranch. Take Breaker Reach west from Hwy 1, and follow the road to 38083.

Studio Tour Hours:

August 28 & 29 September 4-6
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.