artist’s statement


My work revolves around the ability of the camera to isolate tiny fragments of time and space in such a way that otherwise fleeting details can be more consciously examined by the observer. I am strongly attuned to elements of color, light and form; rather than attempting to simply document a subject I seek to draw out the texture and mood embodied in those details. My images bring us closer to nature and allow a moment and an opportunity to be still, along with a serenity that is badly needed in today’s world. 

The layered images resonate emotionally, drawing together elements of memory, scale, human experience and the physical world.

These images are non-narrative—that is, they are concerned with detail, texture, shape, light and color rather than a particular ‘thing’. The specific object—its location or place in the narrative of time—is immaterial for the most part, although my newest images do comment on the passage of time and the depth to be found in experience. What matters to me is the gathering up of those abstract emotional qualities that are found simply in color, in light, in shape. I create images that are extremely immediate as they step outside of context and time. The emotional response is strong and swift. My goal is to create images that are understood on a purely sensual, emotional, non-linear level; that appeal to an emotional visual center and encourage a non-verbal experience in the viewer. The ultimate point isn’t to tell people what to see or think, but rather to connect us all to our innate intuition—to feeling.



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