Dave Woeller is a self taught fine art photographer living and working, in the South Jersey area. Born in Trenton, Dave was raised in Millville, NJ. He married Eileen Castellini of Vineland, and together they have two grown sons.
Dave attended Millville Senior High School, and during his junior, and senior, year he studied graphic arts. Those studies introduced him to photography. He enjoyed the challenge of capturing, and presenting his vision through this medium, and always appreciated the feedback of those who viewed his images.
Following high school graduation, Dave entered the glass industry as a hand glass worker before leaving to serve in the United States Air Force. He served for eight years as an instructor in the fine arts program (music) at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado. During his service he never lost his love for creating photographic images, all the while honing his skills.
Following his military service, Dave returned to Millville and re-entered the glass industry and eventually moved into a position as Environment, Health, and Safety Coordinator. He found his photographic skills becoming more useful as he created several advertising product shots for his employer.
Dave became more committed to his passion and began competing and receiving awards throughout the area. A few of his accomplishments would include:
Dave is currently an Associate Artist at the Riverfront Renaissance Center for the arts in Millville where he has won awards in several exhibitions.
Acceptance into the Juried, Ocean City Arts Center Spring Exhibit from 2007 through 2011. He has also received awards in those exhibitions.
Photo spreads in the Wildfowl Carving and Collecting Competition Magazine issues from 2004 through 2007.
He has been one of the featured writers for many issues of Creative Photography e-magazine.
Acceptance into the numerous Fine art shows including:
The Wheaton Arts Festival of Fine Craft
The Stone Harbor Arts Festival
The Noyes Museum of Art “Vernacular Architecture of New Jersey” show at the Noyes Seaview Country Club gallery.
Best of Show award in the Sally Rowland Memorial Fall Shootout at the Edwin Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in 2009, 2010, and 2011.
Dave has also presented numerous photography, and photo processing workshops, and has also been the speaker for many organizations including the Noyes Museum of Art
The digital revolution has ushered in new challenges and has had a huge impact on artists like Dave. He finds the new challenges exciting, as they have brought on new processes to explore and new doors to open, in his continuing love of the fine art photographic image.
Having retired from the glass industry, Dave can now devote his full attention to creating those images that he loves to share, and to possibly brighten someone’s day, or cause them to stop for just a moment to reflect on his vision.