"You don't take a photograph, you make it." Ansel Adams
A good photographer doesn't just take a photograph, she crafts it. I took the concept many steps further, to working on select photographs, and by digital manipulation create something entirely different, abstract, no longer a photo. Yet, I work with an inner light contained in those photos, the organic inspiration to my work, with content just below the surface, in the literal and figurative sense of the digital record, to bring forth other works of art.
I am an artist, a writer, a poet.
I operate in the artistic mode in most aspects of my life, I take time to get to know my subject, be that a landscape, a person, or an object. I look for secrets, see hidden beauty, play out exploratory scenarios. Taking a photograph from being just an account of the surface of things, and turning it into something that is a new creation with the unseen elements that are not so obvious at first glance, illustrating an unusual vision, something that stands out, that makes you look twice and hopefully pleases or intrigues the one who looks at this, is a skill and ambition that I continue to refine.
My personal approach sums up seeing BEAUTY in nature, artifacts, travels, every day objects in daily living, and where you least expect it. Photography translates into the "Art of writing with light," and I write with pen, brush and keyboard!
I love to share my appreciation for the magnificent beauty of nature in all its vastness and in its most minute visions, in rich, deep, lush, vibrating color. The inspiration of impressionism combined with observations of vibrant color around the Mediterranean and especially in Florence and Venice in Italy, and along the Côte d'Azur and in the Provence (France) deeply influence my color palette. There is a uniquely different, mysterious and vibrant color scheme all around the Mediterranean and the play of light and shade, their warmth and natural beauty never cease to fascinate me. I feel a deep connection to all of creation and a reverent awe to the magnificence of our universe. This mystic connection is often found in some of my favorite works and some of my preferred creations evolved because of a meditation on the subject and a transformative experience that was felt and translated into a new way of seeing or feeling.
Now, in my new art studio, through on hand of my camera, my computers paintings, and my vision, I create and express the seen, the unseen, and a dream.
I work on state of the art computers and with multiple software techniques, taking my photography to another level of abstract and contemplative art. I also still work using the classic techniques of drawing on paper, painting on canvas using a variety of media (pastels, acrylics, pencils, watercolor, etc) but in my current phase I concentrate on creating pure digital art, and some mixed media works.
My current work as a digital artist focuses on a series of collections, centered around the visions of "Reflections" (water, mirror, figurative and literal) I have come full circle, back to being an artist as I started out originally, but with more depth and breath, and deeper insights that help me, and inform my art. My work is free lance and by select commission.
I have many educational, academic and artistic credentials in my background as well:
I have served along side other members in France, Italy and the US, on the jury board of a photo competition in Tuscany, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016.
Agora Galleries, NY., represent my work and serve as my agents in NY.
I had 2 exhibits in New York in Fall 2014 and Fall 2016.
I frequently travel to Europe,
I sometimes take special orders and work for clients by commission:
Please contact me !