The Artist

Photography has been an interest of mine for a long time, but life got in the way of pursuing this hobby. I grew up in New Jersey and lived in the Virgin Islands and Texas before retiring and moving to Colorado. Only then did I finally have time to develop my photographic Skills. “Going digital” was definitely a turning point in my life. It changed a mere interest in photography into a passion.

Because I live in the Four Corners area of Colorado my photography naturally includes many images of the amazing landscapes found in this part of the country. Textures of trees, rocks, water reflections are all important elements of my work. However, none can compare to the impact that lighting has on my images. Lighting is what initially catches my eye and makes the difference between mundane and memorable.

Patterns and color have always attracted me, so abstract photography was a natural progression for my work. To me, an abstract is a small portion of a larger entity that when enhanced, becomes a work of art in itself. As such, I do not “make” abstract images. My abstracts are photographs of naturally occurring textures, shapes or colors that speak to me from within other objects. For instance, Ribbons of Dew started out as rust markings on the back of an old rowboat. Sandstone is another medium that I enjoy photographing, for it holds beautiful abstract images within its unique shapes and textures. Abstract art has endless possibilities, but one must look deep within his surroundings to find these works of art in ordinary or unusual places.

I hope my work encourages people to look at things in a different way, to become more aware of their surroundings, and to find beauty and unique images of their own in extraordinary places. Finding the right combination of elements is the first step. Making an intriguing photograph is the art.

My work has been published in DURANGO MAGAZINE and has won numerous awards in juried shows at the Durango Arts Center; the Center of Southwest Studies, Fort Lewis College; the Farmington Museum; Shy Rabbit Gallery, Pagosa Springs; Pagosa Springs Arts Council; the Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO; Old Court House Arts Center, Woodstock, IL; New Mexico Magazine. In addition I was selected as a “Chosen Artist” for the Durango Area Tourism Office and was named Grand Champion of both the Archuleta County Fair and the La Plata County Fair. My images are permanently exhibited in The Fifth Corner Photo Gallery, my gallery upstairs in the Durango Arts Center, 802 East 2nd Avenue, Durango, CO.