Curriculum Vitae

Artist Statement

My photographic compositions inhabit a non-ordinary visual space that is reached via the synergistic power of the digital darkroom.  To make these images, elements from individual photographs are isolated, transformed and moved into place among elements similarly isolated from other photographs.  The result is a sort of alchemical surprise that has the appearance of “reality” but is re-ordered to playfully escort us beyond the boundaries of our usual way of seeing.

As a photographer, my attention is attracted to the natural beauty and rustic architecture near my home along the Mississippi River in northwest Illinois.  Small river-communities such as Galena, Savanna, and Thomson serve as gateways to the surrounding old-growth forest, wildlife refuge, unglaciated terrain, backwaters and migratory bird routes. This is where most of the individual “source images” for my compositions are captured and combined.

As a lifelong resident of northwest Illinois I have developed a deep appreciation for the unique beauty of this area’s natural environment. After studying photography as part of my Communication degree at Western Illinois University, capturing images of this area became a hobby, avocation and occupation. I learned photography in the traditional darkroom, but have developed a distinct affinity for digital processes and use them exclusively in my workflow.

I have exhibited and sold my creations in galleries, on the web, and in other venues across northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. I am happy to have my work displayed in the collections of many patrons across the country, and I enjoy sharing my experience with students in the Photography and Graphic Design classes I teach at Highland Community College in Freeport, IL.

Working Methods
Most of my images are an amalgam of several photographs that are processed and combined in the digital darkroom using Adobe PhotoShop. Individual elements in source images are isolated with selection tools and moved to their own layers in the destination image. Further editing and composition techniques are then employed to refine the overall image. Commonly-used processes included layer mode settings, layer styles, opacity settings and transform commands. Filters are used with extreme reserve.

Frequently, an image culminates as a simple collection of things that have recently entered my field of experience; the elements inhabit the same visual space because they rose into awareness and caught my photographic eye in temporal proximity to one another. Ultimately, the elements of an image I create are usually connected more by synchronicity and serendipity than by logic, reason, or linear thinking.


(* Indicates Collector Purchase at Exhibition)

Artist Table
International Juried Online Exhibition, “Selfie”

The Next Picture Show, Dixon, IL
“Waterworks” Juried Exhibition

Freeport Art Museum, Freeport, IL
Highland Community College Faculty Exhibition

Oak Park Art League, Oak Park, IL
“Elevating Nature” Juried Exhibition

The Next Picture Show, Dixon, IL *
“Shades of Gray” Juried  Exhibition

L.A. Photo Curator:  International Photography Awards
Juried Competition: “Root”
Honorable Mention

The Next Picture Show, Dixon, IL *
“Regional Survey of Art 13″ Juried Exhibition
Second Place Recognition

Wright In Kankakee Juried Fine Art Show,  Kankakee, IL *
Honorable Mention in “Water” category
Cover Artist award.

The Next Picture Show, Dixon, IL
“Really Affordable Art” Juried Exhibition

The Next Picture Show, Dixon, IL *
“Regional Survey of Art 12″ Juried Exhibition
First Place Recognition

The Artist Table
International Juried Online Exhibition
Fifty-nine artists representing 17 countries
Third Place Recognition

The Next Picture Show, Dixon, IL *
“Farms and Barns”  Juried Exhibition

Annual “Art Faculty Exhibition” *
Highland Community College, Freeport, IL
1999, 2000*, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004*, 2005*, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009*, 2010, 2011*, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Unitarian Universalist Church, Stockton IL *
Two-Person Invitational Benefit Exhibition

Shanti Arts
Summer Art Exhibition and Literary Showcase: “The River”
Juried Online Exhibit

“Seasons on the Land” *
Natural Land Institute, Rockford, IL
Group Juried Exhibition
Honorable Mention

Freeport Health Network, Burchard Facility
Invitational Solo Exhibition

9 East Café, Freeport, IL

Higher Grounds Café, Freeport, IL
2009, 2010

Freeport IL Arts Center
“A Time To Dream” Juried Exhibition
First Place

Monroe Arts Center, Monroe, WI *
“Reality3” Three-Person Invitational Exhibition

Next Picture Show Gallery, Dixon, IL
“Color Shots” Juried Exhibition
Third Place

Momentum Art Guild Summer Exhibition, Freeport, IL
2006, 2008

Momentum Art Guild Spring Exhibition, Freeport, IL *
2006 *, 2007, 2008*, 2009*, 2010

Prairie Wind Annual Art and Literary Magazine
Submissions Published
2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 Editions

Palisades Art League Annual Exhibition, Savanna, IL
Served as Juror

Freeport Arts Center
“Art in Bloom” Group Invitational Exhibition

Freeport Arts Center
“Artist of the Month”

Highland Community College
District Art Exhibition, Freeport, IL
First Place

Monroe Arts Center, Monroe, WI
Photo Exhibition
Honorable Mention

MayFest Arts Festival, Mt. Carroll, IL
Honorable Mention

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