While subject matter in my images varies, there are some common elements, namely the use of images that operate on both the physical and metaphorical levels. Since the mid 70’s my photo based art has pushed the envelope technically and visually, often going beyond the “traditional” depiction of subjects, teasing the viewer to ponder, puzzle and find their own answers influenced by their own history.. I play with what is real and what seems real but isn’t; the visionary and the transformative. Photography is the catalyst to unearth new vistas, worlds, concepts, truths, re-presenting the world and inviting us to see otherwise.
In the late 90’s my discovery of the digital darkroom, and use of Photoshop was a technical blessing as it greatly expanded what was possible with film. Since 2001, my photo based work has been entirely digital. Since 2009, when I discovered the newly invented digital photo-painting medium, I have been specializing in what I call “photobased digital painting” . I have always wanted to combine photography and painting, and now thanks to modern technological advances it is possible to do that, in ways that result in a new and exciting fine art medium. Since I started out as a painter; I have now come full circle.
Neither traditional photography alone nor traditional painting alone can achieve what is visually possible through the combination of digital photography and digital painting, that is photobased digital painting..This new medium seemed simple on the surface when I first discovered it , yet is proving unendingly complex , with huge potential as I get more experience with it. I find it very exciting and love the opportunity of evolving a new medium, along with the challenge of educating the public about it and being a “pioneer” in a new art form.
Starting with self-sourced photo based art, I apply digital “paint’ stoke by stroke, transforming and translating the image into a new visual language. Lacking any useful instruction, I have invented my own way of doing this medium. Since most people have never seen this medium before, my work always causes a stir wherever I show .While I sometimes use my existing photos as sources, I am now more often making new photographs and photo-montages with the end result in mind, while allowing myself the freedom to evolve the image intuitively as I go along, my right and left brains working in consort. In fact, I find I am seeing, thinking and photographing differently as time goes on. My work is presented as limited editions, usually printed on canvas, (though sometimes on archival rag papers for local market only).
I believe that the artist is just the conduit to get the creative process started. That process is completed by the viewer, so that each work is in fact many works s each viewer brings their own history, hopes ,memories to their interpretation of the art work.
In my “Hidden In Plain Sight” Suite, for which I have 3 different series planned, I am discovering hidden truths in common subjects, as if they were pent up memories or secrets or fears. If I were to stand you in front of what I photographed, you likely would not find what I saw, hence the title of the Suite.