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Wewoka artist becomes first portrait photographer in Capitol gallery

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Jacklyn Patterson describes herself as a late bloomer. The Wewoka portrait photographer has won some of the industry's highest honors, including earning a fellowship with the American Society of Photography, but didn't get her first camera until the age of 38.

Now after three decades of photography, she is the first portrait photographer to be exhibited at the state Capitol. The exhibit features 25 black-and-white prints that earned her the fellowship back in 2006, and will be showing through March 2.

"Starting late made me not take it for granted," she said. "It made it not just a job "? it was something I did because I loved it so."

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Among her prints are classic portraits of children that carry a sheen of aged authenticity, as if the pictures were relics from generations past. She works in color as well, but prefers to produce portraits that already seem timeless.

"When you are doing portrait photography, you want a classic look that will last," Patterson said. "You don't want it to look Fifties or Sixties; you want a look that will last forever. There are some photographers that do the snappy, up-to-date version, but I always try to do classical portraits that will decorate your home and you will like just as much in 20 years as you like it today."

"?Charles Martin

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