The winding road to my aesthetic was crucial but the Marks on Paper collection (the thread that runs through every technique, subject, and location I have wandered through) are the images that I can point to as mine.
This layering of moments seems to reveal something deeper and more intense than a single exposure can on its own. There is an authenticity, an ability to work beyond an awareness for what is evident and to reveal what is being obscured.
First of five kids, each born in different places. Most of grade school in Yosemite Valley. Three things - Geologic time, John Muir as hero, and discovering what I was to undertake – making marks on paper. After a stint in the Navy, returned to school (biology) but was hijacked by the art department where photography, its history, masters, techniques and possibilities were explored. Portland, OR – Performed with CIRQUE – Jann McCauley and Company. Santa Fe, NM – Depth of culture, history. Essential to honing imaging skills/aesthetic. Portland, OR – Digital imagery (Mac/PS), box constructions. New Orleans, LA – Opened the Grace Note. Again, depth of culture etc.. Inspiration comes from (a) places and objects with an obvious past and (b) the lives and reflections of people working outside photography.
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