Shay Blechynden is a landscape photographer and artist from San Diego, California. Equally inspired by mountain and sea, person and place, Shay constantly seeks to capture the magic moments that occur in our periphery each day. Shay is passionate about creating artwork and images that are as pleasing to the eye as they are high quality and technically sound. Shay is proud to have been honored with the "People's Choice Award" at the juried San Diego County Fair Exhibition of Photography in 2017. And the judges awarded him 2nd, 3rd and 4th place awards in the Landscape division.

Shay is also a Class A PGA Golf Teaching Professional with a varied and distinguished career as a player, coach and golf administrator. He was named San Diego PGA Teacher of the Year in 2001 and PGA Assistant Professional of the Year in the Southern California Section PGA, 2010. While still partially active, Shay hung up his full-time golf spikes in 2015 to pursue further photographic and artistic endeavors.


Artist's Statement

I am currently enjoying the challenge of creating and sharing a unique and abstract body of photographic work. My "Circles" are the result of a 10 year journey of transforming photographs into colorful shapes and creations. I like to think of it as a modern day type of 2D origami. I hesitate to call it "Digital Art", as the pieces are not computer generated, the source material is photographic. In addition to the modern photographic art, I am passionate about creating traditional landscape images of beautiful scenes under ideal conditions.

Exhibited Work and Awards

Solo Exhibition, The Bridges RSF,  December 2018 (pending)
Artwalk San Diego, 2018
San Diego Festival of the Arts, 2018
Solo Exhibition, Hovey Winery, Murphy’s CA. January-March 2018
Solo Exhibition, The Bridges Club, Rancho Santa Fe, December 2017
San Diego County Fair 2017 , Juried Exhibition, 2017 (awards noted above)
New Release Show, The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe, December 2016
San Diego County Fair, Juried Exhibition, 2nd Place Landscape and Honorable Mention, 2016
San Diego County Fair, Juried Exhibition, Honorable Mention, 2015
Best of Nature Photography Juried Exhibition, San Diego Natural History Museum, Fall 2015
Solo Exhibition, Park Hyatt Aviara, Carlsbad, CA. July 2014
San Diego County Fair, Juried Exhibition, Honorable Mention, 2014
San Diego County Fair, Juried Exhibition, Honorable Mention, 2013
Elfin Forest Interpretive Center  "Best Scenic", Olivenhein, Ca. 2007

Public Collections

Otay Lakes Professional Plaza, Otay Mesa, CA
Benirschke Building, Carmel Valley, Ca
Roll-Chaiken Building, Carlsbad, CA
Component Control Building San Diego, CA
The Bridges Country Club, Rancho Santa Fe, CA
El Niguel Country Club, Laguna Niguel, CA
Newport Beach Country Club, CA-forthcoming


The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe

Southern California PGA

Oakmont Country Club

Carlsbad Golf Center

The Greystone Group

Legacy Health Strategies

Best Practices of America

Newport Beach Country Club

El Niguel Country Club

Southern California PGA

Golf Digest

Charley Hoffman Foundation

MA Engineers

Component Control

Olivenhein Municipal Water District

Rancho Santa Fe Association

Emerald Isle Golf Course

Vista Valley Country Club

San Diego Union Tribune

San Diego PGA

Kennedy Golf

Ordover Gallery-San Diego NAT

San Diego County Fair

Otay Lakes Professional Plaza

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