When I was a child and looked through the picture books from my family’s bookcase, I experienced the glory of such artists as Raphael, Picasso, Klee, Steichen and Burke-White. I didn’t know then how special or important this was or the impact it would have on my life.
Everyone in my family was an artist of some kind so I was always encouraged to create. Upon graduation from art school, I worked in the advertising and graphic design fields. During this time my interest in photography evolved and I had my first (solo) photographic exhibition.
My artwork moves in stages. I work in a particular form or style, which then, after several years, morphs into something else.
My photography was originally film based in black and white with a significant concentration on print quality. I loved the magic of the darkroom process. Later I began hand-painting my images to explore the use of color in a non-literal and non-traditional form.
Now, in this digital world, I use the power and potential of the computer as a tool to take my photography into a more unexpected realm. The actual “shooting” of the image is just a starting point. My intention is not to take a photograph, but instead to make a photograph.
I selectively enhance or diminish certain areas of the initial image to create a specific vision. Subject matter is unimportant to me. I can be drawn to the beauty of a rusted section of machinery or the abstract reflections on a polished antique car. What I am interested in is the interaction of color, form and texture wherever I might find it.
In this world where so much is ugly and violent, my hope is to make something beautiful.
Worn and Weathered
South County Wall