As an executive, I dedicated many years to work I loved, but ultimately, the essence of “who I am” was surrendered to the fast-paced, high-pressure reality of our culture. Based now in Grand Marais, Michigan, I made a conscious decision to invest more in myself and to nurture a well-rounded life that would include a focus on my art. My hope is that through my images I will inspire others to rediscover their creative selves.
Photography is a form of meditation for me. First, there is the stillness and steady breathing required when focusing on the microscopic and beautifully abstract elements of flora. There are the Zen moments when I am alone and isolated, dangling from a boulder above frigid water, trusting my intuition as I compose a shot. Creating allows me to feel connected with something bigger and completely outside myself, yet at the same time that Something which is so very much at the center of me. When art is forefront in my life I am a better person…healthier, happier, aware, more balanced and energized, and more in-tune and intentional in my living. Finally, through photography I am able to reveal what often goes unnoticed; and hopefully encourage others to look deeper.
What excites me about an image is rich color and texture, the juxtaposition of strong line and soft light, and the revelation of unusual or hidden elements of the ordinary. Especially when composing macro images, I feel as though I am creating a window into a world rarely seen or at least a new and captivating perspective.
While any scene from my mapless adventures is a potential photograph, I am not casual in my efforts. I work best alone and I am driven to re-create what I have often already seen and processed in my mind’s eye. My work is self-directed. I am always studying and learning, but I am careful not to allow the acquisition of technical expertise to detract from what comes naturally. I strive to capture each composition just as I would like it printed with minimal post-processing. My goal is to create images that make you question if you are looking at a painting.
Thank you for viewing my work; there is great pleasure in sharing what inspires me. However, pure, personal satisfaction is embodied in the moment when my vision and technique become entangled with a subject…there is a feeling…then I release the shutter. What follows is contentment and then joy. I wish the same for you.