Artist's Statement

I make art by manipulating digital images.  I often start with a digital photograph, letting the image lead me into the aesthetic space where it feels most comfortable.  Sometimes this is a realistic narrative space that may resemble a painting.  Sometimes it is a realm of fantasy.  Sometimes it is an expressive abstraction.  One thing all my images have in common:  they really are not photos any more.


Digital Imaging is a bit of an upstart on the art scene, and gets little respect today.  The richness of the tools that Digital Imaging uses gives it immense promise, but make it seem a bit threatening, too.  I liken the situation to that of the early French Impressionists, who brought powerful new ideas to the art scene of their day, only to find themselves misunderstood, ridiculed, and virtually excluded from the Paris Salon, which was the official arbiter of Beaux Arts at the time. Today the names of the Impressionists and their aesthetic descendants—Monet, Renoir, Matisse, vanGogh—are better known than their contemporaries within the Salon—Meissonier, Bouguereau, Jacques-Louis David.  I am confident that in time the art world will recognize the works of digital artists who are creating in obscurity today, along with the digital arts they are developing, as Fine Art.


For myself, I like images with a little bit of narrative and a lot of heart, even a touch of daring.  I like rich, saturated color and bold, confident line.  I like spaces that have people in them, or whose presence is still felt there even if they are gone.  I admire strong composition that engages the eye and the mind without calling attention to itself.  I like a whiff of strangeness.  Most of all, I want to share my sense of wonder in the world, at once comfortably simple and inconceivably complex. 


In my world, that is what art is all about.


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Images can also be licensed as digital wallpaper,  use on a website,  or in a a print based project, such as a poster or brochure.  Royalty-free licenses that do not expire are granted for a one-time nominal fee. 


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