Photography is storytelling: delivering the pith of these most powerful encounters in a way that bears witness to their magic and profundity; to bring the audience on an imaginary excursion that infuses a lasting emotion or idea.
I create calming abstract photography, designed to bring a moment of serenity to your everyday life
Photography and the view of impermanence end up being a collision of opposites, as manifest in this show. The photograph seems to freeze a moment; there is inherently a sense of stopping time. Of course, time did not stop. Really what we keep is a visual pattern, a world of its own, now with only an imaginary connection to the bigger world, which has gone on its way and changed. The contradiction at some level makes the experience of the impermanence deeper and more poignant, in an odd way. We see what was. We know it’s gone.
The Focus of my photography is creating iconic images of wildlife that stimulate one’s imagination resulting in an increased awareness and a sense of responsibility for our wildlife and their habitat. As a visual artist, photographer, and print maker I strive to reduce nature to its most basic elements to produce images with a degree of abstract realism.
For a split instant, I hope for the scene to be plausible and then knock the viewer off balance by a skewed perspective, placing un-likes together, or morphing one part into another. The scene might become a stage set for a daydream or past memory.
Following my heart and love of the wild, at the age of 15, I went off to hike and explore 600 miles of the Northern Appalachians, through day and night, rain and sunshine, where I inspired and developed the values I hold to this day.
I enjoy exploring the landscape and it's components. I find the variations in light, form, texture, and color that the elements of a landscape offer fascinating, with endless possibilities to study and observe. I seem to always be drawn to the pastoral and simplicity in design.
I prefer to work with oil paints, because of the texture they lend to my work and because of the vibrant quality of oil colors. Many of the images I choose to hand-color are among my most surreal, and oils reinforce their dreamlike quality.
I create images to feed my visual comprehension and attraction to the medium, not to please others or to sell photographs. I hope viewers experience the same physical resonance that I do—drawing them into the images and embodying connections to places, people, objects, form, shadow, highlight, and composition.
I am excited to find compositions where all elements come together to form images of beauty or questions to the viewer.