The Artist

“But before all else a work of art is the creation of love. Love for the subject first and for the medium second. Love is the fundamental necessity underlying the need to create, underlying the emotion that gives it form, and from which grows the unfinished product that is presented to the world. Love is the general criterion by which the rare photograph is judged. It must contain it to be not less than the best of which the photographer is capable.” - Eliot Porter

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” – Edgar Degas

Husband, father, grandfather, professional financial planner, artist and photographer; I am all of these. Creativity, for me, manifests not solely in making art; it is a life-long adventure of discovery and learning. It rewards my life, transforms my being, encourages meaningful and enriching experiences, while nurturing satisfaction and fulfillment.

Artist Statement
Like my professional work with numbers, rules, regulations and the creation of effective solutions, photography is also both technical and creative. It is my art form, not as a photographer creating art, but rather an artist and storyteller using photography as my medium.

Photography for me is not just "to photograph". I have no desire to document objects, no matter how appealing they are. I use photography as a means of exploring, expressing and sharing ideas and stories that I cannot otherwise express. I do not photograph things; I photograph my feelings for them, and sometimes my feelings through them. Meeting someone and starting a conversation, for me, is similar to how I approach a subject to photograph. I may have a theme in mind - where it leads I don't know ahead of time. However, with patience and curiosity the subject matter will often reveal itself and more.

I strive to create images that speak both to myself and my audience. The images articulate my intimate connection with both the natural and the man made. I have a fascination with life and what’s on the “other side” – whether it’s the other side of the hill or the other side of existence. As a child, our family worshiped and sang mighty songs of faith which became the underpinnings of my life. The refrain from one such song “On Christ, the solid rock I stand, All other ground is sinking sand” is very descriptive of the structure and the symbolism of my work. My inner spirit attempts to make order out of this chaotic, transient life, composing the structure of my photographs often in a graphical, stable form, frequently including abstraction along with ephemeral figures, symbols or images - a spark. A spark that creates a connection often eliciting stories, posing questions or provoking thoughts of the past - what's the back story - what is behind the photograph.

"I don't want to photograph the thing. I want to photograph the situation." - Dorothea Lange

"Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it." - C. S. Lewis