The overarching theme for my work is "Contemplate, Meditate" because many images at first
appear merely soothing before the viewer discovers the levels and subtle details. Each viewing brings
new revelations — about the image or one's response to it.
The genesis for "Contemplate, Meditate" may have been internal, but it was external input that
helped formulate the theme. Like any artist, I have a portfolio that goes with me almost everywhere.
Time and again the viewer would settle in with a few favorite images and comment they were
"soothing," "meditative," or "calming."
At first I wondered what it was these viewers were missing– I often see frenetic energy in my
images. Maybe that's just a byproduct of the creative effort. Perhaps my immersion with the original
image gives me an advantage in this matter, but I honestly believe stripping away the inherent reality of
a photographic image frees that energy to reinforce the essence I find attractive in the final image.
 Artist/Process Statement
The images begin as old-fashion, 35mm negatives and slides, taken with a decades-old Minolta X-
700. Most often, I shoot from a tripod in available light, set for maximum exposure time with the smallest
aperture light conditions allow. Once processed, the negatives or slides are scanned for digital
processing in Photoshop. (Note: I’ve also begun experimenting with digital 35mm equipment.)
My objective for an image is to strip/manipulate it to a Contemporary Realism or Impressionist
essence before output. This output is currently done using archival pigment-based inks and acid-free
Arches and Somerset watercolor papers or art canvas. Although the images may be heavily
manipulated, each is created from the original exposure. Nothing is inserted to augment existing or add
missing elements.
Aside from the steps I use between visualization and the final product, the result is the same as
with any other fine art technique or medium — a long-lasting, beautiful work of art.
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