I grew up in a family of artists which colored my perception of art ever since I was a small child. I quickly learned to appreciate both representational and abstract art as equally valid methods of expression. Later, I developed a strong personal interest in surrealism.
My near 50 year obsession with photography began with an introductory class at UNM in 1971 and I’ve been actively producing photographs ever since, having studied under Wayne Lazorik and later with Betty Hahn. However, having always been pulled in the two different directions of art and technology, I chose to finally pursue a career in electronics while continuing to make art to feed my creative side. Now retired, I feel quite fortunate to still be able to enjoy viewing, exploring, and making new art.
Some of my personal favorites in the field of photography include: Man Ray, Laslo Moholy-Nage, Ralph Gibson, Olivia Parker, Paul Outerbridge, Jan Groover, Frantisek Drtikol, Jaroslav Rossler. However, I’m also strongly attracted to many of the surrealist artists of the 1920’s – 1930’s in other forms of media as well.
For nearly 30 years I made traditional Black and White Silver Gelatin prints in a wet darkroom. The last 10 years of that period, I often hand applied oil-paint over the prints and produced some other types of alternative process prints. The following 10 years I transitioned into digital media. My first public showing was in 1991 and after winning a competition a few years later, I had my first solo show in NYC. In 1995 I won the Willard Van Dyke Photography award and had my second solo show at the Megan Fox gallery in Santa Fe. During 2001- 2004, I dismantled my (fifth) studio darkroom and now work in a digital studio in my home. 5 years later, I rented space in a local wet darkroom and produced some digitally sourced silver prints so I could hand-color them the old-fashioned way. I have since focused on mostly digital media but I still miss the therapeutic process of painting with photo-oils.
My subject matter is usually non-objective/abstract/surreal imagery constructed in a studio setting. The following characteristics are an important part of my vision
– try to show the viewer something not commonly seen
- purposely limit the color palette
- simple forms and geometry often dominate
My work is held by The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, The New Mexico Museum of Art, The Capitol building in Santa Fe, The City of Albuquerque, and many private collectors. I continue to exhibit in Albuquerque and sometimes other national juried exhibitions with noted curators or a distinguished juror.