About the Art
ABOUT THE ART
My photography and hand-crafted artwork are a reflection of my love for both modern and traditional methods in recording the beauty, intricacies, patterns, colors, textures, and unique (sometimes humorous) moments I have witnessed in nature. My detail oriented nature is evident in each image and art piece as I strive to produce work which is compositionally interesting, clear and concise, color accurate, and completed with fine craftsmanship. I prefer to create representational and realistic works, yet I will not ignore simplification and abstraction in my work if I feel a particular composition calls for it.
Equally interesting to me is the science of my subjects which includes their environment, behavior, camouflage, communication, and interaction with other species — including humans. This observation often leads to a story behind each image I create which may be subtle, apparent, or require accompanying text. My hope is that some of this history will help heighten your appreciation of the subjects.
Photography is my modern method for recording the life around me and has served me well as both reference tool and art form. Here I have embraced the latest digital technology and use it exclusively over traditional chemical based methods.
My hand-crafted artwork tends to be reserved in more traditional methods including; graphite and ink drawings, pastel and acrylic painting, and printmaking. Printmaking and drawing mediums are generally an extension of my photography where I can correct unwanted elements in a failed composition or exposure of a photographic image. Pastel and acrylic painting mediums are often where I work from life references by either setting up a still-life in the studio or painting outdoors (plein air).
Other modern and traditional materials and/or mediums that I work with include: glass, wood, plastics, metals, fabric, paper, stone, and leather. My approach is often to consider the best material to use for a particular end result, often factoring in strength, durability, ease of use, effect, aesthetic, and sometimes function.
My ultimate goal is that my artwork extends to the viewer the love and appreciation I have for the natural world we live in and that every subject I have chosen to capture has an identity, a personality if you will, that comes through in the work.
Artists, past and present, who have influenced me in some way include: printmakers Albrecht Dürer and Rembrandt; painters Carl Brenders, Terry Isaac, and Robert Bateman; and photographers Art Wolfe, George Lepp, and Joe and Mary Ann McDonald.