One of the primary goals in my work has always been to maintain an egalitarian approach to my subject, to discover value and beauty in even the most unassuming spaces. The act of walking is vital to my creative process. On a good day, when eye, mind, heart, light, locale, atmosphere and subject are all in sync, I look through the camera, and for a brief moment, time holds its breath and the austere beauty of the world presents itself, neatly framed in my viewfinder. With the camera, I find myself becoming more open, more in-the-moment, more reflective toward what I see before me. In sharing my work, I hope the images may, in some way, stir similar experiences within viewers as they stand and respond to the complex world they see.
With regard to process, my personal aesthetic is reductive. I make monochromatic images with black-and-white film and vintage 35mm cameras and lenses, and interpret them through digital processing similar to my workflow in the traditional darkroom. For printmaking, I use fine art papers and, occasionally, glazes such as water-based varnish or encaustic. As I create my prints, I am as much in mind of the drawings of Georges Seurat and the traditions of mezzotint printmaking as I am in the process of traditional photographic imaging. Stylistically and thematically, my work falls somewhere in the middle ground between the early 20th Century Pictorialists and the 1970’s Minimalists, where the sublime and the quotidian co-exist.
My work has been shown in galleries and museums across the U.S. at venues such as:
Blue Sky Gallery 2019 Pacific Northwest Viewing Drawers, Portland, OR
Yosemite National Park Gallery, Yosemite, CA
Carmel Center For Photographic Art, Carmel, CA
The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA
Jundt Art Museum, Spokane, WA
Spurgeon Art Gallery, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA
Helen S. Smith Gallery, Green River College, Auburn, WA
Gallery One Visual Arts Center, Ellensburg, WA
Museum of Culture and Environment, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA
Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL
The Maryland Federation of Art Gallery, Annapolis, MD
Honors and awards include:
2016 Board of Directors Award, Kittitas County Juried Exhibition, Gallery One Visual Arts Center
2016 and 2015 Summer Art Exhibition Kent Arts Commission Purchase Award, Kent, WA
Best of Show at the 2015 Roslyn Art Festival Juried Exhibition, Roslyn, WA
Museo Fine Print Award at The Print Center 84th Annual International Competition in 2010
2009 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in Visual Arts for Photography.
In 2014, I retired from my position as Professor of Photography at Harford Community College in Bel Air, MD and moved to Washington state to continue my art-making practice.