I have always been captivated by the spiritual beauty inherent in nature and wood. As an
artist I am torn between creating art with a camera or wood. Although my work, both photography and wood, has won numerous awards it is my desire that my work speaks to you , or stirs an emotion or feeling.
Fine art photography has often been compared to music. Some have said subject and composition of the image make the lyrics and color (or tone for black and white) adds the score. To paraphrase Ansel Adams the capture of an image is the composition and the artist's interpretation in the print is the performance. The camera is only capable of capturing a limited view of what I see and is void of the emotions and feelings I experienced while taking the photo. It is the print that allows me the artistic expression of what I experienced.
Ansel Adams said "photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art." When someone smiles at one of my images and says "I've been there but didn't see that" or "is that a painting?" then I know I have accomplished my objective as an artist.
Photographer, Minor White, said, "Often, while traveling with a camera, we arrive just as the sun slips over the horizon a moment too late to expose film (capture an image), only time enough to expose our hearts." It is my desire that a little piece of my heart can be seen in my work.
I am especially drawn to the process of creating art on the lathe, although I also enjoy other forms of working with wood, especially band saw jewelry boxes.
From the initial experience of turning my first piece over 25 years ago, I was hooked. My goal is to produce art in simple, classic shapes whether it be polychromatic segmented or pieces pierced with intricate patterns. They are a synthesis of pottery and glass, using the simple, classic shapes of Oriental, European and Native American forms. My intent is that these simple, classic shapes will spark your imagination and draw you to the timeless and endearing beauty that is wood.
My work consists of many different styles and techniques of woodworking. To grow as an artist I feel it is important to constantly explore and experiment with different styles and techniques.