A camera lens opens my world to the obscure and flawed in nature. These treasures emanate grace and humbleness, often in difficult surroundings and passing moments. They inspire me to discover and express grace in my own life.
I wander on a forest path, in my backyard, or on a mountain with fingers wrapped around the camera grip. Looking ... Listening. The eye of the camera primed for the moment. With a click of the button, I capture the moment sunlight collides with raindrops dropping like jewels on ferns under or spotlights a pod pregnant with hope by the side of a country road.
A fallen fading leaf and other bits of nature picked up in my wanderings, inspire my paintings. Back in the studio, their edges, shapes, and smallest flaws birth a new life. The end of the object's life is the seed of a painting's beginning.
With stencils, found textures, and mixed media, a new narrative spotlight the simple beauty and grace that once was.
Digital paintings begin with the same myriad of mediums with the same intent. Technology is another medium that provides a myriad of possibilities. A new story evolves from parts of multiple photographs blended with editing software.