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, wood carving tools, and an engraver, to hand etch directly onto my photography.
I have a deep respect and love for nature so 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. I describe my work as contemporary and "edgy."
Considered a “pioneer” in an exploration of combining fine art with fine art photography. Pieces sometimes take several hours or several days to complete. I tap in on my determination, curiosity, love of detail, and an abundance of patience to create each piece.
Artistic talent comes from family genes. Throughout my life art including photography has been an exciting challenge, passion, drive, and from early childhood I knew it was my destiny.
In 2010 I became ill with 2 life threatening illnesses.
Half the reason I fought to live was to continue my artist journey. The illness caused a slight brain injury which resulted in memory loss of how I created my etching technique. I was devastated but determined. In 2011 I began recovering, so I spent many weeks retraining my brain to relearn my process. Within the same year 4 photo etchings were chosen to be in two international exhibitions:
“32nd 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
And 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 new and exciting directions and subjects.
I hope my work gives the viewer joy, inspiration, hope, and peace. And instills in them a respect and love for the natural and creative world around us.
New works 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."