Artist's Statement

Put yourself in the story . . .

I work hard to create stories that will attract your eye, to get the extreme details just right. I want you to smell the fresh scent of desert sage after a spring rainstorm, to taste the salt spray of the surf, to hear the rumble of an approaching storm, to feel the crackle of electricity in the air that makes your hair stand on end.

I want your eye to be continuously occupied, as if you were there with me at the moment when the images were born. I try to incorporate a little mystery, a little suspense, possibly even an occasional hint of foreboding. What is really happening in the image? Is there more than first meets the eye? What new details do you see every time you gaze at one of my images? What attracts your attention? Do you find yourself drawn back to the image again and again?

I believe that art must be more than just a “pretty picture.” As the mystery starts to unfold, does it move you? Does it cause you to change the way you think? Do you see yourself as part of the story?

My work is influenced by the paintings of Edward Hopper and the works of master photographers Peter Eastway, Tony Hewitt, and Gregory Crewdson.

“A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you, the less you know.”

~Diane Arbus

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