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From the simple elements of nature — leaves, shells, ice, petals, seeds — I create complex abstracts that play with your expectations, making art that is both familiar and surprising. I love to play on the cusp between abstraction and meaning; exploring the point where things change from unknown to understood. It always amazes me how people interpret my art, and transform it into their own dream-like stories of characters, moods, and scenes. Alive with ideas and emotions, my natural abstracts cultivate a sense of both intimacy and connection.
My art begins from the very familiar — fallen leaves, broken sticks, melting ice, weathered bark, and old shells.
Most of my inspiration comes while walking through my neighborhood. My favorite time is right after a storm has blown through, scattering leaves and seeds everywhere. I aways have my eyes open for the overlooked details of nature — fallen and wind-swept leaves, pine cones that have begun to decay, or flowers pushing through the cracks in the sidewalk.
Learn more about my love of leaves.
As I walk, I'll stop and pick up any leaves, sticks and seeds that catch my eye. I carefully examine each fragile piece of nature, holding it to the light and looking for its hidden character or personality. Most get dropped back to the ground, but once and a while, one will reveal something unique. I save these, and bring them home to my studio.
My studio is filled with leaves, sticks, bark, and seeds, strewn over tables and stashed into boxes! I carefully explore each one with my camera. Sometimes the perfect photograph almost leaps out of the camera. But most of the time it is a long, slow journey, where I create hundreds of photographs that experiment with light, focus, and compositon.
I am searching for that one photograph that is the perfect expression of the leaf's personality, that spark I first noticed on my walk. When I find it, I then continue to work with that photograph, spending days or weeks gently coaxing it into the final work of art. I use no special digital effects in my artwork — my photographs capture what I composed through the lens of the camera.