Artist Statement

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It is often said that the devil is in the details, but I am constantly searching for beauty in details.  Less is often more.  Seeing only part of the whole can be more revealing than seeing the entirety.  An intimate perspective can provide vistas that are not readily apparent without closer inspection.  The challenge is to find which details are evocative, emotionally moving, esthetically pleasing as well as representative of the whole.   

Nature has always fascinated me.  The closer I look the more I realize how little I know.  Some of nature's designs can be explained scientifically, but I find it more rewarding to find designs that resonate emotionally.  For me it is more important to feel connected to nature rather than understand why and how.  Color, texture, patterns and design are all musicians that pull at the strings of our emotions.

While most graphic arts start with a blank canvas, photography is the exact opposite.  A photographer's greatest challenge is to create order out of chaos.  Often what is left out of an image is just as important as what is included.  I strive to create images that are graphically bold and simple, as well as emotionally moving, creating a bond between the subject and the viewer.  I also enjoy using the visual impact of color in relation to all of our senses.  I hope these images reveal the astonishing beauty and patterns that are often overlooked in the natural world.


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