The Laurel Hill Association presents this virtual gallery on artists who are informed by nature in an effort to bring more awareness to the importance of our natural habitat and greater connection to our community.
I live in Sheffield, Massachusetts. Photography began as a hobby 20 years ago. On retirement, photography occupied a much more significant place in my life.
A number of years ago I had a serious illness which required a lung transplant. I was confined for a couple of years. The illness and this confinement gave me a different perspective on life. I used the time to study photography and painting schools. I studied the history of photography and processing and printing styles in addition to the photographers who set the pathway for us to follow.
Abstract, Surrealist movements and Abstract Expressionist artists also have had a particular influence on my work.
I have taken various photography courses in addition to a great deal of self-study. In particular, courses which go beyond the image that we see, to the image that we see with our mind. I have developed a stronger connection to the landscape and our relationship to it.
Due to continuing health issues, employing anything other than the digital darkroom is out of the question. I use Photoshop and certain other related digital tools to achieve the message that I want to share.
When I was sick, meditation became an important part of my routine to address the fears of not being able to breath and the resulting terror. I brought this meditation practice into my art. This body of work is slow. Much of the work is on the tripod. Meditation is an important part of this practice. Meditating for a period of time and then opening my eyes to what is around me. After removing the labels from the body of nature around me and studying the shapes, lines and color do I find the subject.