I have a passion for art, photography, nature and science. Through construction, deconstruction, light and shadows, I use plants, flowers and nature as my muse and models. Each petal, leaf and stem is hand placed and photographed in a studio setting.
Q: When did you start working in your medium and why?
I’ve had a love for photography from the moment I received a Kodak Ektralite when I was about 5 or 6. Throughout my life, I have dabbled in other mediums but have always found myself coming back to photography. Over the years, I believe my love for photography turned what was a hobby, into a creative outlet and a career.
Q: How would you describe your work to people? And how has it changed over time?
Experimentation in fine art, floral photography. Through construction, deconstruction, light and shadows, I use plants, flowers and nature as my muse and models. Each petal, leaf and stem is hand placed and photographed in a studio or shot in its natural setting with a portable studio set-up.
My work is continually evolving. A few years back my work revolved around concept driven shoots involving one or more human models in a fabricated setting. These days I’m using techniques I learned while shooting those concept pieces as well as what I’ve learned in my background of fashion/retail photography and design to focus on floral subjects.
Q: What’s your favorite part about your work? What can make it challenging?
The joy comes from the creation. There’s an active meditation that takes place while creating. Where the trivial things in life tend to fade into just background noise. The challenge? Time. Never enough time.
Q: What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given in regards to your art?
Listen to advise but trust in yourself.
Q: What’s your favorite part about Art Crawl?
Getting to hang out in German Village and meet people.
Q: If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
The activist/writer/philosopher Thomas Paine. I believe the discussion would be enlightening.
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