“The landscape is the basis of my art. My studio is the outdoors, in all its forms, with subjects ranging from abstractions and patterns to bold, sweeping vistas. Much of the satisfaction I derive from photography is the sense of exploration and discovery; the visceral process of venturing out to make images; the silence of fog broken only by the sound of the camera shutter; the soft crunch of snow underfoot on a frosty winter morning; the fluttering colors of descending leaves in the forest on a Fall afternoon.”
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Q: What 3 words best describe your art?
A: Haunting. Quiet. Textural.
Q: How did you learn photography?
A: I started learning photography in junior high and got my first darkroom experience in high school. I also grew up drawing and painting, and eventually went to art school, becoming a professional art director. Only later did I come back around to rediscovering my love for photography. Since then I’ve been passionate about black and white photography and have spent every single day learning and growing as a photographer.
Q: Are there any current art trends that you love or hate?
A: I’m enjoying the photographic trend back to film, or even more archaic photographic techniques. More and more artists are creating cyanotypes, tintypes, and collodion prints to great effect.
Q: Do you have a favorite piece of yours? If so, which is it and why?
A: Currently, my own favorite photograph is the Avenue of the Oaks, shot near Savannah, Georgia. It combines all the things I hope for in an image… It’s based on a beautiful landscape with a long history and a strong sense of place; it features dramatic light and atmosphere; and it’s a powerfully simple composition. I think about the generations of people who lived on this land, and the people who planted these 400 massive oaks, and all the people who’ve passed beneath this majestic corridor of branches since before the Civil War.
Q: What inspires you?
A: I’m inspired by the wonderful light, patterns, and textures of nature. I’m inspired by travel and experiencing new places and cultures. I’m inspired by landscapes with a palpable spirit and atmosphere, especially if there’s also a rich or interesting history. And of course, I’m inspired by the art and photographs created by other talented artists, especially the woodcuts and paintings of Edo period Japan.
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