Fine art floral print in art gallery.

Artist Statement

"I began making photographs more as a necessity than any grand experiment in creating art. Going back as long as I can remember I have always seen pictures in my head. At first ill formed like the fragments of a dream that I'm trying to remember, this medium became the tool that I used to give definition to and make real those images. This is how I learned photography. It wasn't about trying to capture a pretty sunset or portrait of a friend or the unfolding drama on a city street. It was alone in a studio learning to trust and ultimately reproduce the images I saw. It was there, while learning my craft I discovered how to tell stories with my photographs and discovered that this medium is far from just a visual one. Like memory itself, a good photograph is so very much more than just the picture. If I am successful in incorporating the other senses, the viewer can experience my work rather than just see it”.

Artist Biography

Looking back to the moment that would define the course of my life. I can remember a cold morning camping high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It was there I turned to my father and asked, “Why don’t we ever bring a camera on these trips, why don’t we ever take pictures?” Looking eastward to the rising sun and the promise of a new day my father replied,“We could never capture an image that would do justice to the memory of this moment. A camera encompasses only one sense, close your eyes and feel the warmth of the sunlight on your face, listen to the crackle of the fire, the whoosh of the wind through the trees, smell the almost overpowering perfume of the evergreens, wood smoke, and the very earth, around you. These things are what make up memory, not just what you see.” With that one statement the gauntlet was thrown and I would spend the rest of my lifetime proving my father wrong. Living in the San Francisco Bay Area I am a self taught photographer, educator, and evangelist for all things creative. Both shooting and sharing my passion as a University Level instructor in both Photography and Digital Imaging I am blessed to pass on the many hard lessons I’ve learned about visual communication. Staying true to what I saw as a challenge so many years ago, with my work today I endeavor to make each photograph I take encompass more than just the visual. From food to rich textural still life’s for advertising clients, to sport portraiture, and fine art imagery which is now hanging in a growing number of homes and businesses, I judge each image by the number of senses I can involve. Instilling into my imagery a depth that attempts to elevate this medium well beyond a meager 1000 words.

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Artist CV

Exhibitions

04/2021
Flower Power 2021
Camelback Gallery Gold Award
04/2021
Minneapolis MN
The Art of Possibilities, First Place
02/2021
Hampton, NY
Love&Passion Karyn Mannix Contemporary
02/2021
Queen City Gallery Rhinebeck NY
Nude
10/2020
Pennsylvania Center for Photography
Transformations
10/2020
Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital Malvern
Art Ability
07/2020
Elk Grove Fine Art Center
Figurative Expressions
07/2020
Contemporary Art Gallery Online
All Botanical
07/2020
Camelback Gallery Scottsdale AZ
Food Frenzy 1st Place
05/2020
Camelback Gallery Scottsdale AZ
Flower Power
03/2020
Palos Verdes CA
Art Center - Habitat California
03/2020
Minneapolis, MN
Art of Possibilities
12/2019
Indianapolis IN
Art of the Human Figure
11/2019
Fusion Art, Palm Springs CA
Petals & Flowers
07/2019
Springfield OH
Photography at the Emerald
10/2018
Ritz Carleton , Lake Tahoe CA
Winter Exhibit
10/2018
San Luis Obispo Museaum of Art
Home, Best of Show
10/2018
Malvern PA
Bryn Mawr Hospital Art Ability
09/2018
Healsburg Center for the Arts, CA
Hidden Figure
06/2018
San Rafeal CA
Marin Society of Artist's Best of Show
04/2018
Minneapolis MN
Art of Possibilities Best of Show
04/2018
Paolo Mejia Gallery Berkeley CA
Beautiful & Surreal
03/2018
Sin City Gallery Las Vegas NV
12 In of Sin
01/2018
(Slate Gallery) 101 Second Street
Radical Botanicals
09/2017
Lowell MA
Loading Dock Gallery Unmentionables
07/2017
Danville, CA
Village Gallery Pleasing to the Palette

Exhibitions

06/2017
Newport Beach CA
Art Festival, 2nd Place Winner
04/2017
San Francisco CA
SFWA Gallery Natural Wonders
02/2017
Christine Frechard Gallery Pittsburgh PA
Oneness
01/2017
Saratoga Public Library Saratoga CA
Public Art
11/2016
Fusion Art Palm Springs CA
2nd Annual Artist's Choice
10/2016
Erotic Arts Festival Cleveland OH
Sensuosity
10/2016
Malvern PA
Bryn Mawr Hospital Art Ability
09/2016
Falkirk Galleries San Rafeal CA
Open Juried Exhibit
06/2016
Light Space & Time Gallery
Solo Show, Still
05/2016
Miami FL
Art Undressed
04/2016
Linus Gallery, Laguna Beach CA
Bloom
03/2016
Rochester New York
Erotic Arts Festival
02/2016
Blank Wall Gallery Athens Greece
Body
01/2016
Lightbox Gallery Astoria OR
Body Collection
12/2015
Colors of Humanity Gallery
Blue
10/2015
AC Gallery Los Angeles CA
Still, Solo Exhibit
07/2015
Musee du louvre Paris France
Exposure Awards
07/2015
San Francisco, CA
The Chocolate Show
06/2015
Las laguna Gallery Laguna Beach CA
Nakedness
05/2015
Hollywood CA
Photo Independent
02/2015
Detroit MI
The Dirty Show
10/2014
Linus galleries Laguna Beach CVA
Undressed
09/2014
Paolo Mejia Gallery San Francisco CA
Group Show
03/2014
Tampa FL
Nude Night
02/2014
San Jose CA
Tango and the Modern Nude
02/2014
San Francisco, CA
Erotic Arts Festival

Awards

2020
Fine Art Photography Awards Conceptual
2016
Prix de la Photographie
2016
Fine Art Photography Awards Conceptual
2015
International Color Awards
2015
International Photography Awards Nudes
2015
Exposure Awards
2015
One Eyeland Nature Flowers
2015
One Eyeland Nature Nudes
2014
Prix de la Photographie Paris
2014
Masters Cup
2008
International Photography Awards / Digital
2008
International Photography Awards / Nudes
2007
International Photography Awards / Special
2007
International Photography Awards / Food
2007
International Photography Awards / Nudes
2006
International Photography Awards / Advertising
2005
International Photography Awards / Nudes
2005
Black &b White bSpider Awards

Photography Work & Instruction

1985-Present
San Francisco Bay Area
Editorial & Advertising Photography
1999-12/2015
San Francisco, CA
Lead Instructor Digital Photography and Digital Imaging Academy of Art University

Publications

10/2018
Creative Quarterly (Winter) Magazine #53
08/2016
Creative Quarterly (Fall) Magazine #44
05/2016
Blur Magazine Issue 48
04/2016
Blur Magazine Issue 48
01/2016
Silvershotz magazine Volume 10
11/2015
The Critical Eye, Fabrik magazine
10/2015
Fabrik Magazine Issue 29
10/2015
West Hollywood Magazine Issue 2015
01/2015
Photographers Forum Magazine
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