Welcome to the most frequently asked questions one or two people have asked me.  

Why Arts & Dafts?
My definition of art is entirely different from yours I bet.  Here I share my personal views and interests on the subject, and that can get a little out of control.  I don't have a lot of boundaries.  That's where the "daft" part comes in.  Plus, it's just a very clever title and Daft happens to be my mother's maiden name.

I'm an artist. Can I submit my work for a feature?
Do snozzberries taste like snozzberries? Heck yes you can submit your work.  I'd love it if you did.  Email me anytime with your details (ie - website, specific work you'd like featured, any info you want included).

How long have you been blogging?

Thanks for asking!  I've actually been at it since 2002.  A year after I graduated from college, I found myself in that place we all find ourselves. The ol' "what the hell am I gonna do now" place.  So I blogged.  I've always loved writing, and nearly got a degree in it until I realized I didn't need one to write.  So I got one in Arts Management. But that's beside the point. I blogged about this and that, but I never could fit all of my interests into one place and probably went through about 5 before A&D.  Then, on January 1, 2008 (how freakin' convenient is that anniversary date?) I created this place with the help of my awesome mom.  Nearly 3 years later and still going strong.

How long have you been a photographer?
I don't know. Forever? But I haven't been concentrating on it professionally until the last couple of years.  You can actually buy some of my prints at RyPepper.com if you'd like.

What do you photograph?

I don't have a solid answer for this.  The bottom line is, I shoot what I see. Musicians, the park, flowers, garbage, theater, headshots, my cats.  Whatever strikes me at the time.  Or whatever someone asks me to shoot.

What kind of camera do you use?

A Nikon D90. I currently own the 18-200mm VR lens and the 50mm 1.8. Saving up for an external flash and of course... more lenses.

Will you shoot my headshots/band/theater production/art/oddly shaped mole?
I sure will!  Of course, I don't really have the dough to travel so you'll have to be in the NYC area.  Contact me and we'll work out the details!

Did I see your photos in the New York Times?

Oh my god, you saw that?  That's so cool. (here and here)

Is Ry short for something?
Nope. I was named after the amazing guitarist Ry Cooder. (We are usually instant friends if you guess that before I tell you.) Also, my middle name comes from the amazing painter Georiga O'Keefe

Can I call you Ry Bread?
Sure, but first of all, it's Rye bread and second of all, I've heard it before.  Especially with Pepper as a last name.  For over 10 years I've had 5 bucks ready for the next person who can come up with something original.  The odds are not in your favor.

Got any more questions?  Send them my way!


A little about...

Arts & Dafts aims to inspire, share and create with other artists and art lovers. I'm Ry Pepper, a Jane of All Trades with a concentration in photography, writing, theater, capers, hijinks and other tomfoolery. I'm the daft. -More About

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