RJ Wiley is a professional nature photographer. The majority of his work focuses on local flora and fauna of Southwest Florida. He is the resident photographer at Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. His work has been published in many publications, including Audubon Magazine, The Florida Naturalist, Gulfshore Life, and Shutterbug Magazine. His work on the Sanctuary's unique "Super" Ghost Orchid has been published all over the world, including Russia.
He was presented with Audubon Florida's Photographer of the Year award in 2012.
Wiley enjoys photographing in Southwest Florida and some western states. His specialties are birds and landscapes.
His "Artistic Series" images were developed as an extension of his photography and have become very popular: Carefully selected images are processed to give them a soft oil painting look, bridging the gap between an oil painting and a photograph. Thousands of hours are spent in the field trying to capture an image that reflects the spirit of the bird or animal, a look that says "I am one of a kind. I am special."
Wiley says, "I usually keep the first image I take. The first image reflects the reason I stopped at that spot. It will capture the emotions I was experiencing when I stopped in the first place. There is something magical in that first image."
The exhibit is located in the Gallery Cafe inside the Blair Visitor Center. Proceeds from sales at the art exhibits go to Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and the participating artist.
October and November 2018: Tim Parker - Figurative Abstracts in Oil, Acrylic and Mixed Media on Canvas
Meet the Artist: November 23, 2018
December 2018 and January 2019: Tara Funk Grim - Acrylic Collage
Meet the Artist: January 11, 2019
February and March 2019: Leigh Herndon - Direct Dye Painting, Rozome and Hot-Wax Resist
Meet the Artist: March 1, 2019
April, Mary and June 2019: Leslie Peebles - Wood Block Prints
Meet the Artist: June 28, 2019
July 1-31, 2019: 2018 Audubon Photography Awards
A touring exhibit featuring 12 spectacular bird photographs from the 2018 Audubon Photography Awards.