Throughout the years I have been asked how I create my work, the meaning behind my work and why I’m drawn to create the imagery that I do. Digital Photography is a very vague description to be put in. My work represents an emotion, a viewpoint that represents life itself. It is a celebration of elevating “the flaw”. The crack in the ground, the scar on your arm, and the pain and joy that shapes who we are.
I am always interested to hear others interpretations of my work. For some of you that I have had the pleasure of meeting you’ve probably heard me describe some of my work as a Rorschach test. There are no right or wrong interpretations. While my work may look very literal, there is much more to what appears before the eye. These are landscapes but not in the literal sense. These are “emotional landscapes” representing a place in my heart, the experiences I have been through and a statement that I want to make.
The easiest piece for me to describe is “the difference”. My titles are given as much thought as the artwork itself. When I watch people view this piece it seems that some are drawn into the image while some just don’t simply care for it at all. The reason I hear given is because they view it as depressing or lonely. Those that are drawn to the image see the opposite. To me it represents just that, the difference. In life when faced with adversity we have two choices. We can be a victim or we can be a survivor. The way we face those decisions, shape who we are and what we become. To me that small tree in the lower left represents opportunity. It has so much space to thrive and grow and become magnificent. We are viewing a beginning to something beautiful, something that is developing and will flourish. If you see something different, than I think that’s fantastic. That’s the beauty of art.
The next time you view someone’s artwork ask yourself how does it make me feel? What does it express? What is the artist trying to say? Many people ask me where some of my images are taken and I’m glad to answer but they are missing out on what the image represents. I use bits and pieces of photographs I have taken because I don’t want to create images of things that I have seen. I want to create images that express how I feel. As an artist I am driven to express myself visually and I have a story to tell. I want to thank all of you that have supported my artwork and what it has to say. I will continue creating my work and hope that it continues to speak to each and everyone of you. Take care.