Full Artist's statement
"Artists around the globe have been experimenting with and redrawing the boundaries of traditional photography for decades." ~ ICP Curator Carol Squiers.
I create. I make art. What type of art you ask. My answer is, I can't always label it. Photography is uniquely suited to capturing a straight representation of a scene, but there is an equally strong tradition of using photographs to portray the world of dreams, memory, and conceptual ideas. I can tell you that my process begins by making images with a camera. What I do with those images is not always the same.
Inspired by both pictorialism and surrealism, my work spans the divide between photography and painting. Interpretations of iconic Washington, DC landmarks often take form in the multiple exposures created in my camera whereas my conceptual/surrealist work is developed digitally in a painterly fashion by layering images, textures and handmade marks. Sometimes the work retains a great deal of what is commonly considered a photograph, representation of reality. More often my work is morphing into surreal assemblage.
I intuitively recombine bits of imagery, constructing digital layers of light, color, handmade marks and texture. Finished pieces resemble traditional forms of printmaking and are rendered on materials (including paper, metal, wood and fabric) congenial to the particular body of work. Beginning without expectation, yet guided by a strong sense of composition, creative discovery unfolds. It is often in retrospect that I fully understand the emotional components revealed. The distinction between photography, printmaking and painting in my work is not particularly relevant. The context of medium is distracting; therefore let's just call it art.