It is important for artists to maintain personal work that allows them to explore their craft in ways that their daily business does not offer the time for.

Travel Photography

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Artistic Series Works

Cookbook (ongoing)

I started this project with the intent to play and explore the art of food photography, archive classic family recipes, create a beautiful keepsake, and in the process become a better cook. Eventually these dishes will be compiled into a single cookbook or recipe card box as a gift to a few of the women in my family. My two biggest challenges thus far, acquiring interesting plate-ware for set design, and interpreting what things like “add buttermilk until proper thickness” means in grandma’s recipes.  >> Read blog posts about this project.

 

Victorian Homes (1997)

This architectural series features Victorian era homes, a style that begs and taunts the viewer to explore an old treasure. These elaborate and romantic buildings with stained glass, turrets, and ornamental spindles are expensive and difficult to maintain. I tried to capture the striking asymmetrical style and sloping lines in each structure while creating an obstruction to approach the beautiful and curious building. In the foreground of each image is a fence or shrubbery or even a dark shadow standing between you.

 

Colors of the Spirit (2000)

One way humans can be distinguished from the rest of nature is by the constant redecoration of their bodies. The art of body decoration by pigment, tattoo or piercing the skin, dates back to ancient Egypt. By 2000 B.C., tattooing had spread to Asia, where in several cultures, including Japanese, the ability to draw tattoos was considered a divine gift. It didn’t take long for the art to find its way to what we now know as Western Europe. Before 1000 A.D., body decoration was used as another way to express family pride through “modern” tribal symbols and family crests or logos. And despite the contemporary western belief that the body is perfect as is, we are still constantly changing it: browning our skin in the sun or coloring it with makeup, and dying, bleaching or removing hair.

This figure study embraces and the idea of body decoration. The bodies cloaked in paint aspire to display no race or gender. Each figure functions purely as a framework or canvas. Without discrimination or judgment based on skin tone or gender, models are free from preconceptions based on physical appearance.

After researching the art of body painting for several months in 1999, I painted six individuals on nine separate occasions. Sessions have required anywhere from three to eight hours of painting before photography could begin. Some models were painted with tempera paints, but I quickly discovered Createx, a fabric paint, to be more physically and artistically flexible.

 

Revolution (2005)

With this series I explore personal struggle, the idea of experiencing an event so personally potent it holds the power to alter our perspectives of ourselves and others as we wrestle to accept a new reality and begin again. The story of the central characters in this series is of a transformation and the struggle to recognize and access a power within to overcome self-imposed obstacles–internal revolution. The color red appears in each image symbolizing the emotional evolution.

Every woman depicted is dealing with a her own obstacle, each for different reasons, in different ways, and in different stages. Their stories come together to make one story of recovery, while representing many women and the seemingly innocent activities we engage in to distract ourselves, the private moments we endure while reconciling what feels irreconcilable, the vices we turn to in desperation, and the moments of clarity as we regain our strength and choose to overcome.

All photographs are an ambiguous moment taken out of continuity. Each piece becomes its own narrative and displayed together allow the viewer to project something of him or herself between  the images. The story is created by the audience searching for what happened, as is often done in memories or reflections.