My name is Skyler Whitehead. I’m 29 years old and live in Atlanta, GA. I grew up as an only child and grandchild for the first ten years of my life. Most of my time was spent alone. Activities typically experienced with a companion such as playing with toys and games, participating in sports, exploring books, and watching television shows were often done by myself. This ignited my imaginative nature of creating personalities of the characters of my sources of entertainment and inspired me to create my own stories around them.Throughout my childhood my parents kept me active playing football, basketball, gymnastics, and karate. I participated in drama, chorus, band, dance, and took lessons in equestrian, and enjoyed fishing and farming. You name it, we tried it. My mother was a physical therapist and believed in keeping an active lifestyle. She would often leave anatomy books laying around the house that I would find myself reading and perusing through. My uncle was an accomplished artist. I would spend as much time as I could hanging out with him, reading comics and watching cartoons. Watching him draw anything our eyes saw or that our minds could imagine, time and time again was extremely influential. It gave me the notion that I too could become a professional artist one day. At the age of eleven, the world drastically changed for me. My mother gave birth to my little sister and my grandfather whom I was close with, was diagnosed with lung cancer. In the six months that followed, I watched him take his last breaths in front of me. Devastated by the unfathomable loss, my attitude dramatically shifted. As a teen I struggled to find focus, and began doing horribly in school, barely scraping by. My love for art and creation became more focused in writing and emoting things with strong feelings. In the eleventh grade I became exposed to television production and I knew it was how I could connect all the dots to tell my many stories. I would reflect on all the arts I had participated in and use them to channel my passion for making my own path. My journey as a photographer began almost 10 years ago while in college working on my television and film degree. I began shooting nudes for a class project and fell in love with the process. Since then, I’ve had the pleasure of working on tv shows, commercials, and many other aspects of the production world, but my favorite has always been the art nude. In the beginning I would often practice doing self-portraits, when I couldn’t find models to work with. I’ve always been a huge fan of mythology, super heroes, and heroic spirits a like, so my work often reflects these themes. Growing up an athlete and heavily into the arts, I also had a great appreciation for the beauty of the body. It is my hope that my love for both translate into my work. My other love is the amazing sky above. We often spend so much time looking down and around at the things we have to do that we often forget to look up and see the magic above. The colors of the sky, the moments and changes in the clouds, the rising and setting of the sun and all the changes in between. I began to capture these fleeting, once in a lifetime moments I’ve experienced and display them on several different canvases. So when we are stuck in that mundane world looking downward, around, and right in our vicinity, we can simply look up to see the wonders in the sky! If I were to describe my style I would say it’s a mix of figure studies, whimsical characters, & beautiful bodies in dynamic action poses, often balancing between monochrome and vibrant colorful high contrast images. I take pride in knowing that I’m able and willing to do any pose I ask of my models. I draw on the artistic sensibilities of an eleven year old child with the voice, comprehension, and understanding of the adult I am today. In essence it’s the connection between the love of the body I meet from my mothers anatomy books, my uncles magic pen, the will to live for the moment from my grandfather untimely death, and my endless inquisitive imagination that’s made me the artist I am. .