Minnesota River Valley Panorama
by Tom McGregor
by Tom McGregor
I took this photo of Tom McGregor at his January 17th, 2019 opening at Grand Hill Gallery
Plain Air Painter, Instructor
Tom McGregor paints with a prismatic color palette, a theory with roots in late nineteenth century French art. The prismatic palette consists of very intense, clean colors. He learned this color palette from Joe Paquet, who studied under John Phillip Osborne at the Ridgewood Institute. Osborne learned it from Arthur Maynard, who was trained by the renowned Frank Vincent Dumond of the Art Students League of New York.
Tom graduated from Minnesota State University, Moorhead in 1987 with a BFA in art and discovered plein air painting in 2007.
His painting style is described as “a form of realism with an affinity for the abstractions within nature.”
For over fifteen years I’ve photographed artwork for artists in the Minneapolis & Saint Paul area.
Artists need high quality images of their work for so many things. Portfolios, websites, social media, submitting to grants and juried competitions, and more. Mitch is incredibly knowledgable about what it takes to properly document work, he is easy to get ahold of and schedule time with, and his turnaround time can't be beat. Absolutely, Mitch is the person you want to photograph your paintings!
Amira Freidson of artbizservices.com
I want to express my gratitude for your dedication to your business, which means your dedication to your clients! Your skilled work of photographing my paintings never disappoints. I am always extremely satisfied and amazed at the quality and your ability to capture the painting down to the smallest detail. Thank you!
Steven J Levin, ARC Living Master
Hey Mitch, just wanted to let you know that I had that same large hats painting photographed by another photographer that you had done for me because I wanted to compare the results.
Yours is by far the better one.
The old method I had been relying on of going from transparency first and then to a scan is really pretty inferior now that I see them side by side.
Wish I'd had you photographing my works these past many years. Oh well, live and learn. Thanks!
Hats off to Mitch Rossow Photography for shooting my completed nocturne paintings and somehow eliminating all the surface glare.
Carl Bretzke Plein Air Painter
Mary Pettis, ARC Living Master ASMA, AIS, OPA
I am an oil painter working in the contemporary style of expressive realism. Mitch Rossow has been my photographer for a few years now, and I have nothing but glowing words to describe what it is like to work with him. His photos have captured accurately the gamut of color palettes that I use, whether the subject is an 8x10” Plein Air flower study, the subtle gradations in 30x40” sunrises over the ocean, or large 4x6’ studio paintings of Italian villages and vistas...
Mary Pettis ARC Living Master ASMA, AIS, OPA
I would recommend anyone who needs art photography to avail themselves of Mitch Rossow Photography. We have worked together for 10 years and in that time has photographed and catalogued all my paintings besides managing all my website duties.
He believes in quality and craft.
Over the years he has refined his process to such an extent that the usual problems of glare and delicate color balance are no longer an issue.
For me personally his ability to hit subtle neutral tones and extremely nuanced tonal transitions make him the only choice to work with. Personally he is a courteous, punctual and easy to work with – a true professional.
I've tried to photograph my own work for years, and it never worked well. I couldn't get the painting square, neither the color nor the detail could be captured properly, and they were barely usable for my portfolio and website.
I've also used professional scans of my paintings. While these turned out better than my personal photographs, details were often lost, the color wasn't always accurate, and I had issues with banding when producing prints.
I've used several professional photographers that specialize in art documentation, including at local museums. None have come close to capturing the amount of detail and accuracy that Mitch achieves with his photographs.