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.
I believe that imaginative, non-documentary images last much longer in a viewer’s mind. With the proliferation of high resolution, affordable digital cameras, nearly anyone can successfully capture extremely detailed and accurate images but every day we are overwhelmed by a multitude of mundane visual statements of limited imagination or challenge. An artist’s unique viewpoint is paramount to any lasting visual statement and their awareness of historical art gives richness and context to the statement. Finally, a demonstration of fine craftsmanship over multiple works adds validation to their vision.
My near 50 year obsession with photography began with an introductory class at UNM in 1971 and I’ve been producing photographic art ever since, having studied under Wayne Lazorik and later with Betty Hahn. For nearly 30 years I produced traditional Black and White Silver Gelatin prints in a wet darkroom. The last 10 years of that period, I would often hand apply oil-paint over Silver prints. My first public showing was in 1991. After winning a competition, I had my first solo show in NYC in 1994. In 1995 I won the Willard Van Dyke Photography award and had my second solo show at the Megan Fox gallery in Santa Fe. From 2001- 2004 I dismantled my (fifth) studio darkroom and now work in a digital studio in my home.
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 other national juried exhibitions.
My subject matter is non-objective/abstract/surreal in a studio setting. The following characteristics are crucial to my vision:
- spatial perspective and viewpoint is paramount
- there is a strong sense of mystery or timelessness
- simple form and geometry often dominate
- subtle lighting or emphasized shadows
- the color palette must be quite limited
- show the viewer something not commonly seen
- imagined relationships cannot be too literal