Simply said, my goal is to create appealing art that addresses issues of the environment and a multitude of human conditions.
I am most struck by opposites: light and shadow, line and angle, color and tones, as well as attraction and aversion. I use meaningful visual contexts to explore contradictory feelings and ideas via photomontage, wall-art and poetry.
An example of my work exploring contrasts is my Operative Oppositions photomontage series. It reveals opposing issues: warfare with performance, battle with vulnerability, religion with the secular, and so on. In spite of disease, social injustice and other hindrances — we live with camaraderie in our daily regimens. Thus the title: Operative Oppositions.
Abstract art pieces offer viewers a meditative opportunity to feel and interpret color and shape. I hope that the study of my images may stimulate internal dialogue and reflective feedback.
VISUAL THEMES INCLUDE:
The “Geometrics One & Two" series mix, match and re-envision existing and personal images, which create a new visual/structural relationship.
"Metro Melts” and my “Heatwave” series abstract three existing buildings and other elements, creating a lyrical and sensuous beauty in their melding.
My “Operative Oppositions” series juxtapose the arts and vulnerability with warfare. I ask the viewer to take in the entirety. Deconstruct and ponder images, which can be disturbing and ultimately constructive.
The “Walls” images communicate protectionism with hopes and fears. I will leave their interpretation up to the viewer. Note a similar concept coming into Berk’s “Global” series as well.
The “Stumped” series takes a dead tree trunk and explores where it might have been and what it may have experienced. This imaginative and amusing series illustrates the concept that inner tree rings have logged-in history.
Thank you for considering the images on my website.
All images are printed on museum quality acid-free paper with archival inks.
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