I am an emerging visual artist.  My photographic art is conceptual abstraction in nature.  The idea behind the work is to create the invisible, visible. To uncover the unseen.  To find inspiration in the everyday ordinary patterns in life and change the way we see them, the way we feel them.  My goal is to eliminate any kind of visual reference to the real world in order to create works that refer only to themselves.

Photography literally means, "drawing with light".  Before photography, painters created art that was accurate representations of real life.  Photography changed that in the mid 1800's.  Photography could do a better job of depicting real life, so artists were relieved of their duty to realism and started to play with what would be called impressionism, expressionism and other forms of non-realistic art.  In a similar way, I wanted to reverse the realism of the camera's ability and set off on a journey to create impressionistic and expressionistic fine art using my camera.  Today I am "painting with light" by moving/painting with the camera while exposing light, color, patterns and narrative.


I have been a photographer most of my life.  I started by wanting to stop time to take a better, closer look at life.  That led me to focus on the things most people never see.  I became moved more by exploring the details of the obvious, then of the obvious itself.  Today, I am more interested in pure art from the camera, exploring other ways of seeing the world through a camera lens.  I am always looking for what the camera can do when I give it free reign with no expectations.  I love creating another form, another life that exists only through the use of the camera.  Light is my partner.  It calls to me and allows me to unveil/unleash the unseen abstract form that lies inside the beauty of the light, patterns and colors of the original object(s). 


My art examines the way a camera can turn any object, subject, form into a performance of expressing ideas, experiences, and feelings through completely abstract methods to produce an unseen work of art.  Only a camera can truly capture/create a work of art that is totally different then the original object and still be that same object. So different from the original form that the object is unknown to the viewer. 


Play is essential to my work.  As I paint with my camera, the objects emerge, emit and/or reflect colored light that flows over one another, into, around and between to create fluid art. The magic is in all five elements.

Light – The colors of the object’s palette.

Movement – The performance, the rhythmic movement of the camera as the light flows onto the capture screen.

Narrative –The backstory of the objects calling to be released to the life to which they belong.

Objects – The forms/shapes/composition of the objects as they appear in everyday circumstances.

And Time – The amount of time the shutter is open as the story unfolds.

I am drawn to photograph these “Auras” as they call to me to release their untold, unseen story of art revealing a hidden world that speaks in the intuitive language of emotions.


Please Note: These works are original photographs that are created in the camera at the time of exposure. These original works are not retouched or manipulated in any way.  Some works may have little imperfections, which I believe add to the value of the art.  I do post-process each work to bring out the color of the original object as I feel it adds value.


Attentive to the way the camera serves as a silent recorder of time – documenting our every movement, every reality, every fantasy – the art presented here invokes commentary about the way photography pervades contemporary life.


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