I was raised in Alameda, CA, and lived my adult life in the East Bay, but now as a senior I reside in Rio Vista, CA. After receiving a liberal education at Merritt College in Oakland, I learned my craft of photography at Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara. I initially worked for a commercial photographer and then started my own photography business in Berkeley. I produced a wide variety of advertising brochures and catalogs for corporate, business, and private clients. Before retirement from the commercial world, I also worked at UC Berkeley doing photography, graphic and website design. But, now I'm totally removed from the commercial world and can now focused my creative energy into fine arts photography. My personal images have been displayed in group exhibitions including the Emeryville Art Exhibition, Berkeley Art Center and Viewpoint Photographic Art Center in Sacramento, CA. And in June 2018 I had my first solo show at Viewpoint Photographic Art Center.
My aim is to bring myself to a place artistically that I have never been before by creating images that depart from established reality. I endeavor to create a surreal interpretation of an image or an idea. And I have a wide-ranging interest in subject matter, which continues to evolve. The Photo Narratives and Composite images are very personal to me and with a wealth of old and new images I weave them together on the computer to create a visual photomontage. My Botanical images start with reality, but then get partially altered into an image that still resembles the original, but might still exist in the real world.
I may work on the image for long periods of time (weeks, even months) and then creatively hit a wall. At that point I put the project aside, and when I begin again, it’s with renewed vision and energy. Some of my strongest influences artistically have been Jerry Uelsmann, Maggie Taylor, and René Magritte. I’m also inspired by medieval art and the creative vision of the artists who produce it.
For the construction of the photomontage images I use digital images, with black and white negatives from the 1960s and 70s. Many of the digital images originated from trips. I travel with Canon Power Shots and around home I use Nikon DSLRs with a variety of lenses to capture needed elements for the photomontage. To me technically the greatest challenge in making a photomontage is matching the light intensity and direction of the elements. Sometimes it's near impossible to match elements, but the important thing to me is the story that I am creating. Usually a few digital texture screens are used, not just overall but in various places of the composition. Lastly, the photomontage is printed with archival pigment inks on Red River semi-gloss or Hahnemuhle cotton rag paper using an Epson 3880 printer.
After moving to my new home in Rio Vista, with very bright interiors, I purchased several houseplants to decorate the rooms. Out of curiosity, I scanned a leaf from one of the plants using my Epson 700 scanner. Using the scan process, I was able to preserve incredible detail in the plant foliage that would have been impossible with a camera. I also enjoy collecting cactus and succulents and have found them great photogenic subjects. Using Photoshop, the plant images are digitally enhanced and a new background is placed behind them. I endeavor to alter the images to bring them closer to a surrealist look. The images are printed on Red River semi-gloss or Hahnemuhle cotton rag paper using an Epson 3880 printer.