About - Robert Dash, about exhibits, projects or fine art prints

Nature, conservation and metaphor are the three main elements that inspire my images. A feather becomes a wave, a tanker–a migrating salmon. I seek to develop, pursue and share this art with like-minded collectors, gallerists, publishers, activists, dreamers, and other friends.

Artist Background There’s something about growing up around woods and streams that inspires appreciation for small beauty— without the grand expanse of mountains or coastlines, one’s attention goes down and in.

For as long as I can recall I’ve admired leaves, salamanders, the surface of water, rotting logs and meadows from inches away, amazed at the stories they revealed. I teach biology and photography, among other subjects, to high school students. This is a direct result of my love for the woods, streams, frogs and snakes of my childhood, which led to a focus on ecology and environmental studies in college, a season as a naturalist in Washington’s Olympic National Park, countless wilderness adventures, and decades of study and teaching.

I’m drawn to texture, shape, light and tension within an image, no matter the subject. Micro landscapes especially intrigue me; they suggest layers within layers, which is how I experience the world.

The following quote speaks to one of those layers—why pursue this art in the first place?

“In a sense, all of us — even the most untechnological, spiritual, and benign peoples — are constantly wrecking the world. The question is: how do we respond to that destruction? If we respond as we do in modern culture, by ignoring the spiritual debt that we create just by living, then that debt will come back to bite us, hard. But there are other ways to respond. One is to try to repay that debt by giving gifts of beauty and praise to the sacred, to the invisible world that gives us life.” Martin Prechtel, Sun Magazine Interview, 2001.


2019 The Big Picture, Denver Month of Photography, Juror: Mark Sink

Art and Science, A Smith Gallery, Juror: Linda Alterwitz

2018 Critical Mass Finalist, Micro Climate Change Series, Jurors: Mulltiple

Prix de la Photographie Paris (PX3), Jurors: Multiple

In The In Between,  Photography and Extinction Online Exhibit, Juror: Stephanie Amon

Griffin Museum of Photography/ 24th Member Exhibition, Juror: Richard McCabe

Kaunas Photo Festival, Kaunas, Lithuania, Outdoor Exhibition, Jurors: Multiple

FestFoto International Festival of Photography of Porto Alegre, Brazil, Portfolio Finalist, Jurors: Multiple 

Portals, New York Center for Photographic Art, Juror: Darren Ching

Patterns and Shadows, New York Center for Photographic Art, Juror: Stephen Perloff

Photobooks, Griffin Museum of Photography, Boston, MA, Juror: Paula Tognarelli

Tree Talk, Griffin Museum of Photography/Lafayette Ctr, Boston, Juror: Paula Tognarelli

2017  Yixian and Lishui Int'l Photography Festivals,  China, Jurors: Guo Jing, Laura Moya

Critical Mass Finalist, Introspective Series, Jurors: Multiple

White Swan-Wildlife International Photography Festival, Henan, China Juror: Guo Jing

The FENCE, Brooklyn, Boston, Atlanta, Durham, Santa Fe, Denver, Houston, Calgary

Infinite Possibility II: Imagination & Creation, Tilt Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ Juror: Lisa Volpe

Aviary, Griffin Museum of Photography/Lafayette Center, Boston, MA Juror: Paula Tognarelli

The Big Picture, Denver Month of Photography, Juror: Mark Sink

Spirit Taking Form, San Juan Island Museum of Art, Friday Harbor, WA

2016 Texture, Linus Galleries, Los Angeles, CA, Juror: Linnea Lenkus

Connect, Lensculture Network, Juror: Aaron Schuman

Open Group Show, Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson, NY, Juror: Paula Tognarelli

Curated Fridge, Somerville, MA, Juror: Paula Tognarelli

Flight,  Photo Place Gallery, Middlebury, VT, Juror: Laura Moya

Up Close and Personal, Photo Place Gallery, Middlebury, VT, Juror: Kathleen Clemons

Macro, New York Center for Photographic Art, Juror: Laura Noble

Elemental Observations: Earth, Air, Fire, Water, FotoFest/Baytown Art League, TX Jurors: Jean Caslin and Dianne Griffin Gregory

2015 Tattered, Torn and Sepia, San Juan Island Museum of Art, Friday Harbor, WA

Ethos, Linus Galleries, Los Angeles, CA, Juror: Linnea Lenkus

Water, A. Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX, Juror: S Gayle Stevens

Arte de Avian, Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac City, AZ, Juror: Ben Johnson

Collective Visions Gallery 2015, Bremerton, WA, Juror: Greg Robinson

2014 High and Dry, International Cultural Center of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, Juror: Jean Caslin

2013 Edge Arts Group Show, Orcas Center, Orcas Island, WA

Rare Earth, Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, VT, Juror: William Neill

Collective Visions Gallery 2013, Bremerton, WA, Juror: Alfredo Arreguin

2012 People, New York Center for Photographic Art, Juror: Thomas Werner

2011 Collective Visions Gallery 2011, Bremerton, WA, Juror: Dennis Peacock

Robert Dash Photography, Jewell Box Theater, Poulsbo, WA, solo

2010 Collective Visions Gallery 2010, Bremerton, WA, Juror: Jake Seniuk

2009 Safe Harbor, Pt. Angeles Fine Arts Center, Juror: Jake Seniuk


On An Acre Shy of Eternity Book Launch and Lecture, Orcas Center, May, 2017

TEDx Orcas Island, The Intercourse of Nature: It's What We Are, March, 2016


2019 Planetary Health Alliance/Visura Open Call Visual Storytellers, Honorable Mention

2018 Prix de la Photographie Paris (PX3), Gold/Press/Environmental, for Micro Climate Change

Prix de la Photographie Paris (PX3), Bronze/Fine Art/Collage, for Micro Climate Change

Visura/UPI Grant for Visual Storytelling on Climate Change, Shortlist

Silver Award, Wildlife International Photography Festival, Henan, China, for Introspective series

International Photography Awards, Honorable Mention, for Micro Climate Change

Nautilus Book Awards/Gold/ Photography,  Best of Self Published 

Finalist, Foreword Reviews Indie Book Awards, Photography

Salish Sea in Focus, First Prize, Landscapes, Second Prize, Humans

Second Place, Portals, New York Center for Photographic Art, Juror, Darren Ching

Third Place, Patterns and Shadows, New York Center for Photographic Art, Juror, Stephen Perloff

2016 Patterns, Art Ascent Magazine, Gold Artist

Second Place and Honorable Mention, Macro,  New York Center for Photographic Art, Juror, Laura Noble 

2014 High and Dry, International Cultural Center of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, Honorable Mention: Between the Lines

2012 People, New York Center for Photographic Art, Honorable Mention, Spirit of a River

2011 Collective Visions Gallery 2011 Show, Bremerton, WA, Kitsap County Arts Board Purchase Award, Crow Wing Detail


Orcas Artworks, Orcas Island, WA


The Lambiel Museum, Orcas Island, WA

International Cultural Center, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

Joan Morgenstern – promised gifts to Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Numerous private collections



Passporte Fine Art Online Gallery, Micro Climate Change


Katalog Magazine, Show Me the Carbon, November, 2018

Lenswork Magazine, Introspective, Revealing the Imperceptible, June, 2018

Lenswork Magazine, 25th Anniversary Issue, #138


Art Ascent Magazine, Patterns, August, 2016

Rattle Poetry Magazine: Ekphrastic  Challenge,  April, 2016

National Geographic Phenomena Blog, The Earth Has Lungs, Watch Them Breathe

The Week, Captured Photo Blog, The Sinister Beauty of Plant Cells

Lensculture.com Explore: Nature, Black and White


TIME.com/Science, 11/29/15


2013 Idaho Art Lab, Saint Anthony, ID

2012 Great Sand Dunes National Park Artist, Mosca, CO


Lensculture Network


1991 Master of Arts, Human Development, Pacific Oaks College

1988 Washington State Teaching Credential

1980 Bachelor of Arts, Environmental Studies, The Evergreen State College

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