“The photographer hopes, in brief, to discover a tension so exact that it is peace.” - Robert Adams
On a good day, when eye, mind, heart, light, locale and atmosphere are all in sync, I look through the camera, and for a brief moment time holds it's breath and the austere beauty of the world presents itself, neatly framed in my viewfinder. In sharing my work, I hope the images may, in some way, stir similar experiences within viewers about the complex beauty of the places they call home.
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 archival 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:
- Yosemite National Park Gallery, Yosemite, CA
- Carmel Center For Photographic Art, Carmel, CA
- The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA
- 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.