My work is a celebration of the natural world around me, a space so personal because it represents what I believe to be a journey through the infinite abstract possibilities found in nature. I begin through the lens of my camera, however, the visible end product is not always a photograph. My goal is to capture a moment full of life, never to be seen exactly the same way again, caught forever in the time it took to snap the picture. I would hope to hold the viewer’s attention on the surface, and transport him or her into a visual aesthetic solace, silent and uncomplicated. It is a place that has become an extension of my own intimacy with the subject. The photographs either remain what I refer to as my “sketches” for eventual oil paintings, or they possess qualities that I believe stand on their own as a photograph.
This level of fascination with what I think of as my “naturescapes” has remained a constant throughout my life. It is completely natural that my emotional commitment to nature, as well as photography, would become an intrinsic element of my art as a painter.
My paintings are not broad sweeping landscapes, rather, complex, deliberate and precise microcosms found “close to the earth.” Each work presents a unique set of challenges. My fascination with the interplay of water (the moveable and sometimes intangible element), and the solidarity of something rooted in the earth, alive and growing, has become evident in several of my paintings and photographs. In my search for a subject, I attempt to photograph images that contain an extraordinary amount of detailed information. At times, I will incorporate a hint of decay, suggesting not only life’s imperfections, but the fragile and fleeting moments occurring in nature. My work is always about “mood”, whether it be tranquil, chaotic, mysterious or just what I see as a sublime instant. The quintessence of my camera sketches, arduously produced on canvas, synthesizes my personal relationships with nature and art.