Enhanced altered hand etched photography. Noted for using a wide range of nature subjects.
Born in Denver Colorado, I’m a national and international fine art photography artist. I created my “cutting-edge” process of using needles and wood carving tools to hand etch directly onto my photography.
I have a deep respect and love for nature and I strive to convey this through my work. I basically follow my instincts and imagination in guiding me to a finished piece.
I use lines, texture, shapes, shadows, and colors, to determine the amount of depth and light in each piece. My work is contemporary and always “edgy.”
I’m considered a “pioneer” in an exploration of combining fine art with fine art photography. Pieces sometimes take several hours or a few days to complete. I use my determination, curiosity, love of detail, and an abundance of patience to create each piece.
Art is in my family genes. Throughout my life art has been a challenge, a passion, drive and my destiny.
In 2010 I became ill with 2 life threatening illnesses.
Half the reason I fought to live was to continue my journey as an artist. The illness caused a slight brain injury. The result was memory loss of my etching technique. I was devastated but determined. In 2011 I began recovering. So I spent several weeks retraining my brain to relearn my process. Within the same year 3 of my photo etchings were chosen to be the first two international exhibitions:
“32 International Peace Exhibition,” Nagasaki Art Museum, Nagasaki Japan. Promoting peace around the world.
“19 Annual International Festival-Five Elements/ One World,” Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California
In 2012, 4 pieces were accepted in two more international exhibitions:
“International Photography Awards,” in Los Angeles, California. Out of 10,000 international entries, my etched photo collage was awarded Honorable Mention.
"International Terry O'Neil Tag Awards" in London, England. Out of 700 international entries, my work was recognized as one of 70 finalists.
My etched photography continues to evolve as my imagination leads me to more exciting and new directions and subjects.
New works will include: trees, mountain landscapes, leaves, and a variety of flowers and butterflies, western scenes, Native American scenes, and rural scenes. As the saying goes "The sky is the limit."
ARTIST STORY 2015: WESTWORD PUBLICATION