The blending of creative pursuits and digital technologies has been an exciting part of my life’s work. Whether it was developing a new electronic circuit or computer algorithm, or more recently in designing a new website, creating a logo, or laying out an ad for a trade journal, my passionate drive to expand conventional boundaries to new, unexplored areas is evident.
Starting in high school with a Minolta SLR and many rolls of black and white film, I quickly became hooked on the power of photographic images. As photographic equipment, graphics design, and computer technologies rapidly evolved to support the needs of the internet, I became obsessed with many ways to merge software and hardware to produce archival quality printed pieces.
For many years I pondered the best time to make the switch from full-time work in the financial industry to my dream of living as a full-time artist. I filled the walls of my home and office, and furnished quite a few friends with art as well. I entered many local shows and joined a co-op art gallery in Lewisburg, PA. When the opportunity came in 2007 to open my own gallery in Bar Harbor I decided it was time to make the move. I thoroughly enjoyed the following 8 years on West Street as a gallery owner and artist.
As my photography evolved and I watched artistic tools progress, I began to long for a sabbatical to work with mixed media. Sensing it was, again, time for a change, I decided to leave the business of running a gallery and focus solely on my art. Since the summer of 2014, I have taken a more ‘hands on’ approach with each piece I create. Working with wood, aluminum, transfer emulsions, and various stains and waxes, I am a participant in the creation of unique monoprints.
Thinking back to the dark room days, I have come full circle in returning to the fulfillment that only comes from continuous interaction with the materials. I am not just waiting to see what comes out of a printer, but rather I am engaged in every step of a complex, creative process.
While the process is important, the product is as well. I often think of the quote from Minor White, “Photographs can be outward expressions of inward states. They’re not about what something is, but rather what else something is” as reflecting the soul of my work here in Maine. I want you to see my work and agree with Edward Weston, “This then, to photograph a rock, have it look like a rock, but be more than a rock.”