ARTIST STATEMENT

As I peruse my images to build my website for this next year, they bring back memories. I spend my time tromping, backpacking, and camping out in nature. Along the way, I record with my camera that which catches my attention. These memories, to me, tie into the definition of a landscape image. Landscape, from an 'artistic', photographic perspective, is defined as a photograph that gives one a sense of time and place. With that definition in mind, consider the endless possibilities for composing a landscape. 

I invite you to enjoy a small sampling of my images within these portfolios: Touch of Nature, Charmed by the Desert, and Veratrum Viride.

Touch of Nature is a mix of photographs from Montana, Utah, and Wyoming. The out-of-doors presentation of water, clouds, and sky often seems larger than life. They catch reflections, move gracefully, and conjure up possibilities to shape one's imagination.

When winter shrouds Montana, the warm desert air is a welcome reprieve. In Charmed by the Desert, I took special notice of the vegetation, sand dunes, and an occasional surprise of water in the dry climate. I think pattern and repetition are more apparent in the stark landscape. You will notice these qualities in my photo selection for this portfolio.

The plant commonly known as corn lily and formally as Veratrum Viride is the focus of my latest portfolio. This year, Montana's Glacier National Park and Jewel Basin (an area of the Flathead National Forest), displayed corn lily groupings that were difficult to ignore.  The 'stage' for my photographic capture was fun to prep. Light and shadow rippled across the pleats of plant leaves as I blew bugs and cottonwood seeds far afield.

Some of my primary influences have been black-and-white photographers: Michael Kenna, Yousuf Karsh, and Dorothea Lange. Michael Kenna has given me photographic atmospheric perspective. Yousuf Karsh has contributed to my respect for what light or the lack thereof can bring to an unsaturated image. Dorothea Lange's artistic vision has inspired mine in a way that has led me to seek my personal visual perspective and look around me for what I may have not yet noticed. Lange, so to speak, has validated my work ethic.

May you enjoy the 'fly on the wall' view of this year's adventures by perusing my black-and-white photographic memories!