My professional background is in graphic design. 35 years in marketing communications working with a broad range of national corporations involving the design of high-end brand imaging materials. My approach to photography is an extension of this upbringing.
Rather than focusing on capturing "reality" my photographic images seek to intentionally transform, synthesize, recycle and re interpret it. They are an exploration into a subject's graphic DNA. Color, texture, geometry, line and form attract me. Images are abstractions, intentionally less about a subject's reality and more about the exploration of its inherent, hidden and often mysterious abstract graphic qualities. In my work, "reality" primarily serves as a bridge to help connect and engage the viewer. Art From Parts, its a point of view.
Visual freedom and exploration is essential to my work. It's funny and almost always surprising where I find my subjects. Often it's serendipity. An abandoned car's bullet riddled corpse artfully decomposing in the desert's harsh and relentless elements; the scattered remnants and detritus left by a nomadic uranium miner's past life and work; creative arrangements of colorful rocks secretly hidden inside ancient and remote geological landscapes; an irresponsibly discarded boiler tank liberally tattooed with paintball splats and graffiti; a high-country cattlemen's abandoned but still standing outhouse at a round-up compound; bold and aggressive calligraphic rhythms embodied in the tarred cracks of an abandoned asphalt road; old tractor skeletons, body parts and debris in a farmer's equipment bone yard; and so on. I get excited just thinking of it.
35 years as a creative director/designer/art director in corporate marketing communications. Brand management and creation, corporate identity & graphic systems, print, photography, packaging, advertising and exhibit design. …Read More
Graduate: University of Washington, Bachelor of Arts Degree in art
Graduate: Burnely School of Professional Art