DeGroom’s mixed media art focuses on the fanciful and
beautiful aspects of life. Many of his works, captured from local,
recognizable scenes, evoke responses… emotions…feelings…
for the viewer to enjoy. Are you looking at a painting, or is it a
photograph? The debate goes on!
His works are the product of a keen eye, technical expertise, and
creative talent. His earlier work was based on work shot using
film cameras. His newer work was shot digitally. DeGroom creates
his art using numerous techniques to create the effect that
compliments the mood and imagery that he is trying to achieve.
Utilizing some of the latest computing techniques, he changes
elements, colors, and tones of the composition, so it suits his
creativity. DeGroom then creates his finished art. A high quality
mixed media print is made on canvas or acid-free watercolor
paper. The ink used in this art is both waterproof and light fast.
In some cases he also hand paints on the canvas or paper to
enhance the image. Photographic prints are also available.
DeGroom has received numerous awards for his work which is
found in public and private collections. His work, published in
books and appearing on annual report covers has also been on
the covers of national publications including Boating Magazine,
Rudder Magazine, and Venture Magazine. He has had both numerous
group and one man gallery exhibits.
After receiving a degree in Photographic Science from Rochester
Institute of Technology, DeGroom became an advertising
photographer in New York City. He was drafted into the U.S.
Army during the Vietnam War and served stateside as an Army
Photographer. During the course of his career, the notables that
he has worked with include Andy Warhol, and Look magazine’s
former director of photography, who is the well known Farm
Security Administration photographer, Arthur Rothstein.