Florida artist Brian Ashley Bliss has been a professional photographer for most of his adult life. Bliss started his career in the photography department at the Learning Resource Center at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida – his hometown. Bliss also was the chief photographer for a publication that covered all sports at the University of Florida. During that time, Bliss also taught photography at the University of Florida’s continuing education program. Eventually his career led him to a daily newspaper, where he was an award-winning photojournalist in the Florida panhandle, shooting photo stories about everything from microsurgery of a cornea transplant, to ground crews working on fighter jets at Eglin Air Force base on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Bliss now resides in Orlando, Florida, where he concentrates solely on his art at BlissGallerie.
Constantly searching for a unique interpretation has always been the driving force behind my visual expression. My artistic journey attempts to divine another truth, which lies beneath the composition of the piece, informing something visceral within us all. When art mirrors life – and life mirrors art – there is Bliss.