"The important thing is not the camera but the eye."
- Alfred Eisenstaedt
I am a photographer and mixed media artist whose aim it is to create imagery that represents my interpretation as to how I see the world around me.
I pride myself on experience, not only in the industry of photography but in life itself. The journey in knowing one's self is key to the mastery of one's trade and skill sets. This journey is one that I have a deep passion and respect for. The tools I have gathered both creatively and technically on my never-ending voyage are reflected in my work, which in turn is a refection of myself. Every image has my thumbprint and my DNA embedded into it.
“Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self.” ~Jean-Luc Godard
It makes sense that my love for writing poetry and short stories laid the foundation for my photographic and fine art work; a natural progression from the written language of painting scenes with words to creating imagery that is visually descriptive, raw and detail oriented. This connection is something that I will continue to embrace and allow to evolve and influence my work.
I am from many places, made up of many experiences. Photography and its many inner disciplines is my medium and conduit for which I can use to express and share the culmination of those places and those experiences. Historic and Alternative processes are of key interest to me and I find that having a wide variety of knowledge, tool sets and experience at your disposal naturally makes for imagery that is metaphorically and technically sound from start to finish.
Education is something that is also very important to me. We never stop learning unless we allow ourselves to. Acquiring my MFA in Photography (Fine Art) at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco allowed me the opportunity to truly find my voice and personal style; not only as an artist and photographer but as a person. Sharing my experiences and skill sets with others is just as important to me as being open to and learning from the insight of others.
“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”