Photographs are glimpses of timeless Spirits and of the pure and unbiased realities of nature. As a young child, photography was my venue of exploring, learning and becoming aware of the natural world.
The unbiased eye of the camera passes neither judgment nor value and stakes no claim. When I photograph I detach myself from the subject. I don’t question the attraction. I accept my primal instincts; expose the film and move on, not interfering, not questioning, not staking a claim.
During the printmaking process the photograph becomes mine. What I was reacting to becomes clear and what is to be revealed emerges. I tweak and fuss the image until the sense of light, the tones and textures elicit familiar feelings, primal attractions, and a sense of Spirit. I delight in finding the unanticipated and unseen discovered through the printmaking process. In making the photographs mine they become my teachers, imparting an orderly quietness of symmetry in which the Spirit reveals itself.
Although a long and loyal maven of the traditional wet darkroom, the new technological advancements in photography and digital printing offer a way of rendering to paper what I see as the inherent beauty of photographic film. My photographs are made on film, scanned into the computer and then interpreted using the timeless sensibilities of the traditional fine art photographic printmaker.
In 1992, I received a Bachelors of Fine Art in photography from Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. I was juried into the renowned Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia in 2006 where I can be found in Studio 309. In addition to fine art pursuits, I also work with other photographers bringing their images into the digital realm with high quality scanning, retouching, printing, instruction and consultation.