An artist, a photographer, evolving on the fly...
Passionate about the art and craft of photography, I was hooked when I saw my first image in print on a large format printer. It was the beginning of a journey learning to use photographic images as part of an artistic expression. As an image based artist I work with compositions and composited images (using more than one image to make a piece of art) and hand print the image onto metals, wood, acrylic and ceramic to create individual works of art. Working in physical layers allows the viewer to attempt to separate the images as they walk around a piece and then put it all together from the front. I prefer images in the abstract because of the random nature of life. In the lack of perfect control of the transferring of images to other surfaces, I embrace the randomness of life and therefore, the randomness of the art and the artistic endeavor.
I still visit the documentary side of my curious nature of seeing the world through the eyes of another human being (though, if an animal grabbed my camera I might have to rethink that statement). Invited to work with students on a project in India through the integrative medicine program at Metro State College, or with locals to interview and photograph populations that are part of the State of Colorado. Storytelling and listening to stories are part of our DNA and I continue working to preserve these oral traditions.
Photographers generally have more than one interest in their work and for me, it is no different. There is a passion for documentary photography, the art of visual narrative and storytelling and the artistic passion that drives me to play with images.
On the documentary side, I am keen on “photographic integrity," not making changes to images other than color corrections and cropping. Telling the story is the important aspect and sometimes combining visual narrative with a short audio clip captures the sense of the person and place in ways that other mediums do not.
Capturing the artistic side of me is seen in a collection that lends itself to the world of the abstract. After my husband died a few years ago, I was struck by the randomness of life and events. It is a given that we all have an expiration date, but the timing is not generally a choice we have. Relationships are messy, life is messy, and thought there is a sense we have a bit of control in the color, or texture (in this case) of our world, the lack of control over every aspect of our lives is what I want to reflect in abstract images, with it’s semi-planned randomness, lending itself to that space.
The artistic side of me is seen in the “Art” collection, which lends itself to the world of the abstract for me. After my husband died a few years ago, I was struck by the randomness of life and events. I realized that it is a given that we all have an expiration date, but the timing is not generally a choice we get to make. In realizing that relationships are messy, and that life is messy (not in a negative way, its just the way it is) and though we have a sense that we have a bit of control in the color and texture of our world, the lack of control over all other aspects of our lives is what I want to reflect in abstract images. Semi-planned randomness leading to a distortion of reality is reflected in this new work.