Artist Statement

My digital darkroom is a creative arena in which Abstraction and Realism playfully interact. Using modern photographic editing tools, elements of individual photographs are isolated, transformed and moved into place among elements similarly isolated from other photographs. This process allows compositions to come into being with spontaneity, serendipity, and fun.  The result is a sort of alchemical surprise that references both the “real” world and the dreamy, imagination-fueled world of the abstract.

As a photographer, my attention is attracted to the natural beauty and rustic architecture near my home along the Mississippi River in northwest Illinois, USA.  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.