Full Artist's statement
The technique I most use these days, I call Digital Painting, it is based on my longstanding desire to merge painting and photography. 25 years ago I was printing black and white images on canvas; I coated the canvas with silver emulsion, and later tinted and colored them by hand. It was a laborious and inexact process but I loved the feeling of the canvas and felt frustrated with the smoothness of the photographic paper. Today I process my images digitally and have them printed on canvas or watercolor paper through the gicl?e process. Although it is still not a perfect process, one which requires several rounds of proofing and color corrections, it is very close to my dream of merging painting and photography into a single art. I spend a great deal of time working on individual images, creating numerous layers, erasing, shifting and changing colors; I often end up with several versions of a single image. After they are printed, I finish the pieces with oils, acrylics, pastels, or loose pigments. I also enjoy further embellishing them with Silver, Gold, or Copper Leaf. My work can be divided into themes, two of which are reflections and shadows; to me, shadows and reflections are secret doors to our own inner reality. They show us sides of the world, and of ourselves which we tend to ignore. The dual vision of the world created by reflections, seeing simultaneously what is in front and what is behind, and the merging of both the inner and outer realities is something I have been striving for in my work.