ARTIST STATEMENT

Photography is a way for me to capture a subject as I see it in my mind and transform it into an image that enables the viewer to connect with the subject. I turned to photography as a creative outlet at retirement as it tends to be somewhat technical in nature and relates well to my previous career in healthcare and software development. The technical aspects of photography, especially during post-processing, broadens the scope of the finished artwork to unimaginable extents.

Nature has always been an important part of my life. Once I learned what to look for, it did not take long for me to observe and literally turn my focus on the beauty in nature – from its rich colors to its myriad of shapes, patterns and textures. I am especially drawn to subjects and landscapes that project warmth and are enhanced by the variations in the light whether subtle or vivid.

From an artistic perspective, the two greatest influences on my personal photography, thus far, have come from Art Becker and Ellen Anon, both internationally known and award-winning photographers from the Erie area. From them I learned to look for art everywhere and to capture what I see with my mind’s eye so that it has the greatest visual impact.

If someone looks at one of my images and says, “I wish I could be there!” or “I feel like I am right there!” then I feel that I have accomplished what I set out to do.

I am . . . Inspired by Art in Nature!