I am a mostly self-taught photographer, 47 years of age, with no particular education or background in the arts, living and working in Fort Collins, Colorado. Although being captivated by photographs from an early age, I didn’t begin pursuing photography until digital technology made it practical and affordable to do so. I acquired my first digital camera in 2006 and embarked on a time- and cost-intensive learning curve, on which I remain to this day. Fortunately, at some point, I realized that the images I was producing on paper more or less lived up to the vision I had for them in my mind, and a threshold was crossed. My goal is to stay true to my own vision of the world and capture as much of it as possible for my own enjoyment and for that of anyone else interested enough to look.
MY ARTIST’S STATEMENT
Photography is special. It possesses an almost magical balance in the arts between reality and interpretation. Err too far on the side of the former, and you produce mere documentation – you may as well be a journalist. Err too far on the side of the latter, and you produce make-believe – you may as well be doing special effects. But in the middle there exists a fine balance, wherein an image can embody both the recognizable, real world experienced by everyone on a day-to-day basis, and the hidden, sublime nature that underlies this reality as seen and captured by an artist. This is special, and it is not easy to achieve. I sometimes think of the well-known quote from Minor White – “One should not only photograph things for what they are but for what else they are.” Perhaps this is what he meant, in at least one aspect. In any case, I strive to convey this fine balance through my images so that you hopefully will see it as I do every time I look through my camera’s lens.
2018, Juror’s Award at the Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, VT. Trees, Juror Michael Pannier. For “White Trees, Series 2, No. 7.”
2016, Juried Exhibit and Juror’s Award at A. Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX. Trees, Juror Michael Kenna. For “White Trees, Series 2, No. 5” and “White Trees, Series 2, No. 7” (Juror’s Award).
2015, Published and Cover Image, B&W Magazine, Issue 110, August 2015. For “Straddle the Edge (White Trees, Series 1, No. 2),” “Embrace the Night (White Trees, Series 1, No. 3),” and “Lean In (White Trees, Series 1, No. 5)” (Cover Image).
2014, Juried Exhibit at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, Sharon, NH. Looking Out, Juror Andrew Lucas. For “RE/MAX Building No. 2,” “Great Sand Dunes National Park No. 1,” and “Diptych, Touch the Earth, Touch the Sky.”
2014, Juried Exhibit at the Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, VT. Far and Away Places, Juror David H. Wells. For “Lamp, Window, Buttress.”
2014, Juried Exhibit at the Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO. Natural World, Juror Susan Spiritus. For “White Trees, Series 1, No. 5 (Lean In).”
2014, Published, B&W Magazine, Issue 101, February 2014. For “Touch the Earth.”
2013, Juried Exhibit at the Academy of Fine Arts, Lynchburg, VA. National Juried Art Exhibition, Juror David Dodge Lewis. For “Moonrise Over Gathering Clouds” and “Triptych, Flow No. 2.”
2013, Juried Exhibit at the Buchanan Center for the Arts, Monmouth, IL. 2013 National Juried Exhibition, Juror April Gornick. For “Spire at Rock Cut” and “Moonrise Over Gathering Clouds” (Juror’s Choice Award).
2013, Juried Exhibit at the Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, VT. City Exhibition, Juror Stephen Perloff. For “RE/MAX Building No. 1.”
2013, Juried Exhibit at the Photography Center of Cape Cod, online. This Land is Your Land Exhibition. For “Painted Door and Open Window” and “Tracks in a Fallow Field.”
2013, Gallery Exhibit at Alpine Fine Art, Denver, CO. Gallery Owner John Passaro. For “Spire at Rock Cut,” “Clearing Storm, Mummy Range,” “Touch the Sky,” “Longs Peak, Indian Summer,” and “Longs Peak, Curtain of Clouds.”
2013, Juried Exhibit at Viridian Artists, New York, NY. 3rd International Juried Photography Exhibition, Juror Nat Trotman. For “Triptych, Flow No. 1.”
2013, Juried Exhibit at the Wellington B. Gray Gallery of East Carolina University, Greenville, NC. Eighth Photographic Image Biennial Exhibition, Juror Sam Wang. For “Touch the Earth” and “Touch the Sky.”
2013, Juried Exhibit at the Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, VT. Rare Earth, Juror William Neill. For “Diptych, Touch the Earth, Touch the Sky.”
2012, Juried Exhibit at the A. Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX. Portal, Juror Jeffrey Becom. For “Touch the Sky.”
2012, Juried Exhibit at Gallery NRC, Denver, CO. 2nd Annual Mobile Phone Images Juried Show, Jurors Aleksei Saunders, Kelly Schurger, and Evan Semon. For “Triptych, Lamium Maculatum,” “Triptych, Five Branches of Juniper Deadwood,” “Triptych, Flow No. 1,” and “Triptych, Flow No. 2.”
2012, Juried Exhibit at the Kiernan Gallery, Lexington, VA. Terrain, Juror Sean Kernan. For “Longs Peak, Indian Summer.”