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Artist's Statement (about the work)

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The secret ... lies in being able to use the forms and shapes of objects in front of the camera for their expressive-evocative qualities. ~ Minor White

ARTIST STATEMENT

I composed images directly from the environment around me, finding inspiration in subjects as commonplace as: a glass, a feather, a slinky, or dusty chalk. My still life images usually start with an intriguing discovery about a common subject. I notice the way it bends light, or I see an interesting pattern or the radiance of color in late afternoon light. At that moment, a door is ajar to a new discovery about this thing. Balance, shape, lines, refractions, patterns and color harmony intrigue me.

Often my discovery will evolve over many days as I use my camera to explore, observe and capture the remarkable natural designs and colors I see. When I display a still life image, I want folks to experience a moment that sparks their imagination, as though they were viewing this very familiar thing for the very first time.

PROCESS

I believe sound, basic principles of composition and light are necessary when capturing images.My images are captured with a high-resolution DSLR camera in RAW format using the best quality lenses. They are carefully developed in the proper color space and white balance to insure print accuracy. Once processed, I then print, mat and frame my photos in limited editions of 250 using archival ink and paper to insure print longevity.

AWARDS AND HONORS
  • 2014 Best in Show, Mystic Outdoor Art Festival, Mystic, CT
  • 2014 1st Place Photography, Taubman Museum Sidewalk Art Show, Roanoke, VA
  • 2013 2nd Place in 2D Fine Art, Fourth Street Festival of Arts and Crafts, Bloomington, IN
  • 2013 1st Place Photography, Mystic Outdoor Art Festival, Mystic, CT
  • 2013 1st Place Photography, Art on the Square, Williamsburg, VA
  • 2013 3rd Place in Fine Art, The Bodacious Art Festival, Hampton, VA
  • 2012 1st Place Photography, Art Affair, Richmond, VA, October 2012
  • 2011 Best in Show for Photography, An Occasion for the Arts, Williamsburg, VA
  • 2011 1st Place Photography, Art Affair, Richmond, VA
  • 2011 3rd Place Fine Art, Art on the Square, Williamsburg, VA; May 2011
  • 2010 1st Place Award of Excellence, Crocker Park Fall Arts Festival, Westlake, OH
  • 2010 Best of Category: Photography, Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff, St. Joseph, MI
  • 2010 1st Place Non-Traditional Fine Art, Medina Art in the Park, Medina, OH
  • 2010 2nd Place in 2D Fine Art, Art by the Falls, Chagrin Falls, OH
  • 2009 1st Place in 2D Fine Art, Akron Arts Expo, Akron, OH
  • 2009 1st Place in 2D Fine Art, Art by the Falls, Chagrin Falls, OH
  • 2009 2nd Place Judges' Choice Award, Frederick Arts Festival, Frederick, MD
  • 2009 2nd Place Fine Art, Art on the Square, Williamsburg, VA
  • 2008 2nd Place Non-Traditional Fine Art, Medina Art in the Park, Medina, OH
  • 2007 Award of Merit, Seawall Art Show, Portsmouth, VA
  • 2007 Best in Show, Medina Art in the Park, Medina, OH
  • 2006 Best in Show, Yorktown's 225th Anniversary Art Show, Yorktown, VA
  • 2006 Award of Excellence, Lynchburg Art Festival, Lynchburg, VA
  • 2004 work published in Virginia 24/7, DK Publishing
  • 2003 work published in America 24/7, DK Publishing (NY Times #5 bestseller)
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