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.

Bio
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.

Exhibitions

(* Indicates Collector Purchase at Exhibition)

Artist Table
International Juried Online Exhibition, “Selfie”
2017

The Next Picture Show, Dixon, IL
“Waterworks” Juried Exhibition
2017

Freeport Art Museum, Freeport, IL
Highland Community College Faculty Exhibition
2017

Oak Park Art League, Oak Park, IL
“Elevating Nature” Juried Exhibition
2017

The Next Picture Show, Dixon, IL *
“Shades of Gray” Juried  Exhibition
2017

L.A. Photo Curator:  International Photography Awards
Juried Competition: “Root”
Honorable Mention
2017

The Next Picture Show, Dixon, IL *
“Regional Survey of Art 13″ Juried Exhibition
Second Place Recognition
2017

Wright In Kankakee Juried Fine Art Show,  Kankakee, IL *
Honorable Mention in “Water” category
Cover Artist award.
2016

The Next Picture Show, Dixon, IL
“Really Affordable Art” Juried Exhibition
2016

The Next Picture Show, Dixon, IL *
“Regional Survey of Art 12″ Juried Exhibition
First Place Recognition
2016

The Artist Table
International Juried Online Exhibition
Fifty-nine artists representing 17 countries
Third Place Recognition
2015

The Next Picture Show, Dixon, IL *
“Farms and Barns”  Juried Exhibition
2015

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
2014

Shanti Arts
Summer Art Exhibition and Literary Showcase: “The River”
Juried Online Exhibit
2013

“Seasons on the Land” *
Natural Land Institute, Rockford, IL
Group Juried Exhibition
Honorable Mention
2012

Freeport Health Network, Burchard Facility
Invitational Solo Exhibition
2010

9 East Café, Freeport, IL
2010

Higher Grounds Café, Freeport, IL
2009, 2010

Freeport IL Arts Center
“A Time To Dream” Juried Exhibition
First Place
2009

Monroe Arts Center, Monroe, WI *
“Reality3” Three-Person Invitational Exhibition
2009

Next Picture Show Gallery, Dixon, IL
“Color Shots” Juried Exhibition
Third Place
2006

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
2001

Freeport Arts Center
“Art in Bloom” Group Invitational Exhibition
1998

Freeport Arts Center
“Artist of the Month”
1998

Highland Community College
District Art Exhibition, Freeport, IL
First Place
1998

Monroe Arts Center, Monroe, WI
Photo Exhibition
Honorable Mention
1997

MayFest Arts Festival, Mt. Carroll, IL
Honorable Mention
1997

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