My early photographic work was devoted to the richness of a black and white aesthetic, something that readily lends itself to exploring the visual elements of line, shape, and space. Eventually I shifted to an exploration of color, which added intensity to the work. To this day I love using bright, strong hues, but not through photography per se. If it slowly dawned on me that using a traditional photographic approach was no longer right for me, it is because not even color photography could do justice to a new desire for painterly expressions of my inner vision about line, shape, space, and, yes, color. I sold and/or gave away my studio lighting equipment and darkroom apparatus, replacing them with computer hardware and software. And I never looked back. The digital medium had broken things open for me. This was particularly true because of a software program called Fractal Painter which, cleverly packaged in a standard utilitarian paint can, enables the digital artist to “paint” in a virtual environment.
In my current mixed media images I combine photographs of objects from reality with expressions of my inner vision through painted pixels and prismacolor pencils.