My art has always reflected my love of nature. I am interested in the experience of being in nature and use photography to record my experience. I use photography to explore the forms of nature. I look for a different way of seeing, hoping to reveal the beauty and mystery I find in all things.
I have always loved antique photography as well, with its softness and mood, and being involved in the process of creating images. Tintypes, to me, express that sense of memories and the past.
For 15 summers, I sat on the rocks of Schoodic Point on the coast of Maine, mesmerized by the power and majesty of the rocks and sea. I am interested in the structure of these rocks after they have been tossed about by the force of water, and I am fascinated by the forces of water unleashed in that place.
In my paintings, I try to relive this experienceand preserve my memories of being there.
All my life, I have found beauty in the most common of things. I follow the philosophy of my Yankee forebears that nothing should be wasted, everything has a purpose and should be used again and again.
In that vein, I have constructed collages from things used before, scraps of wood, paper, fabrics, paintings and photographs. I save my failures to use again in a new way, sometimes years later. They are built from common elements in an effort to make a new creation and reveal hidden beauties. I like to think of them as remnants of memories preserved as artifacts.