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We are immersed in images that come at us from all directions, and virtually all of them have no significance to one another. They are in essence a stream of disparate consciousness.  Our experience is what makes sense of them as they vie for our attention attempting to teach us, lie to us, excite us, provide or deny clarity and create vicarious realities which dubiously attempt to define our world. In this series I create a world of fragmented images, challenging the notion of what a photograph ought to be. Meaning deepens with time as the viewer's eye scans the seemingly unnatural pairings and a narrative sense arises.  I'm exploring photography in a different way hoping to find a new kind of beauty.


For the last twenty years or so, I have used paper as the underlying element for creating my images. The paper is almost always cut into biomorphic shapes. My newest series is based on flowers I have shot over the last year. They are printed as xeroxes of varying sizes and then cut by hand from their respective backgrounds to segregate the flower itself. The flowers are then composed on elevated glass layers, which allow me to light each level independently.*

My inventive and poetic compositions embrace color and form and explore the illusion of depth resulting in visually charged, immersive photographs that challenge the viewers perception of what a photograph should be. They linger at the intersection of painting and photography, imagery and abstraction.

*All of my photographs are created and produced in the studio. They are non-electronic photographic compositions.

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This newest work shares the same themes I have explored and worked with for years - patterns which occur at every level of life, and the inspirational beauty of biomorphic shapes.  

Drawing on cues from nature, I create lush, patterned, fictional landscapes that often mimic aerial views.


Colorful, immersive and visually charged, the photographs tend to linger at the intersection of painting and photography, imagery and abstraction.

Process:  All of my images are created in the studio by hand.  Xeroxes of source images (the sun and moon) are cut into organic shapes, composed on layers of glass and re-photographed using spotlights to enhance color and create an illusion of depth.

Influences:  The natural world, background music in movies, Jefferson Airplane light show in the seventies, Gary Stephan, David Reed, Ross Bleckner, Jack Goldstein, and Adam Fuss - in that order.

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