It started with an old Kodak bellows camera from the 1930’s which intrigued me with its quaint and simple design. After I discovered that film could still be obtained for it I experimented with long-exposure black-and-white night photography. I also learned how to develop negatives and make prints in a conventional darkroom. However, I continued to use oil, acrylics, watercolor, pencil, pen, and pastels to create what my photography could not.

Years later, I moved to 3D animation and digital image creation, leaving photography and physical media behind for a time.

Then I acquired a Nikon DSLR; combined with digital tools such as Corel Painter and Adobe Photoshop, I am now able to produce fine art photography prints with finer control and a greater range of expression.

My experience includes both formal and journalistic event photography; interior photography; outdoor dynamic portraiture; small print scanning and restorations; and fine art landscape and seascape photography. My style ranges from realistic depictions to painterly and abstract renderings.

Creating fine art takes significant time and effort–I have to find and capture the right location, subject, composition, and light, but that is only the first step of a lengthy creative process.

To photograph literally means to draw with light. My “light drawings” start with raw images taken with a camera, which derives its name from camera obscura, meaning dark chamber.

The human eye is yet another camera obscura, with the cornea and lens, iris, and retina serving as the equivalents of the focusing element, diaphragm, and photosensitive material of the camera.

Paralleling a digital camera sensor and its onboard image processor, the pre-processed data from the retina streams along the optic nerve for further complex processing by the visual cortex, which acts like yet another darkroom–the one used by film-based photographers–to turn the raw image data into the final image seen by our minds.

The visual cortex requires a mind to experience and react to the imagery that it presents. Unlike the static prints produced by the photographic process, the unfettered darkroom in our minds can take that imagery to another level when we use an artistic sensibility to transform it from a photocopy into a work of art.

It is in the digital realm that I mimic this same process and attempt to let you “read my mind” by replicating that perceived image as a fine art print.

The beauty of a scene transcends the colors and shapes that embody its visual contents, much as a captivating story transcends the words and paragraphs used to convey an author’s imagination to the reader.

I strive to provide you with drawings of light that will conspire with your mind’s eye to show you the deeper meanings and emotions latent in each photograph, immersing you in a world constructed by your imagination.

And as with the text of a well-written story, the photographic medium should recede into the background as you are drawn into the richer world of my artistic vision.