Spending time outdoors has always invoked a feeling of peace and calmness for me. I am amazed by the details that can be found on a single plant. While I am out in nature, along with my digital camera, I find a moment to escape from the troubles of this world. My peace, joy and excitement return to me as I capture the basic elements of art found in nature. Capturing these moments, within the confines of my camera, brings me instant gratification. The quick click of my shutter comforts me, as the words of an old friend. However, the real satisfaction that I get by exploring themes of creation, is that it reminds me of my relationship with God. All aspects of creation every flower, twig, sunset, or body of water reminds me of the Creator God and my faith in Him.
Realistic and non-representational images of plant materials are provided to my audience. In many of my images I use macro photography to unveil the smallest details that could easily be overlooked creating subject matter out of line, shape, pattern and color. Another approach is to incorporate a very shallow depth of field, allowing the bokeh of my lens to create soft, pleasing circles of light within my image. A shallow depth of field also allows me to create images that are very painterly and ethereal. On the opposite spectrum I provide realistic imagery of plant materials. They are enhanced only by natural light, and presented in their natural beauty.
Another avenue of my exploration is portrait photography. Bringing light to the fact that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” Psalm 139:14 is what drives my portrait work. I believe that all life is a miracle; every person, animal and plant. My work also communicates that all people should be treated with respect and kindness. I believe that all people should have access to resources that could better their lives. For this reason, I incorporate into my portrait work content that focus on political and social issues that need to be addressed.