In the Pierce Gallery during June . . .
During the last few years, I have become interested in digital printing of my photographs. This can take the form of manipulating large areas of the image with filters and/or using a digitizing tablet to produce images that can appear to have been painted with traditional methods.
Before digital painting as I realized the capabilities of image processing software, I tickled my sense of irony by creating juxtapositions of the great and small. For example, the relationship of a newly opened fern to the cosmos is visible in my photosurrealistic composition “Galactic Fern” which unites a small bit of forest floor with a galaxy photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope.
I also like producing images that appear to jump out of the frame at the viewer. For example, in “Tulip and Raindrops,” the tulip has a greater presence by jumping out of the background.
Of course, some photographs just look best as photographs without manipulation, like the “Snowy Berries at the Arlington Library”.
Over the years, my favorite subjects have been landscapes and flowers. I like producing very wide panoramas and am still looking for the best way to print and display them. In the last few years, I have been doing more candid portraiture especially while traveling.
I also use a variety of media for printing. I print on canvas and on both textured and smooth papers. I use archival, pigment-based inks. The media/ink combinations I use are rated by Wilhelm Imaging Research as fade-resistant for 200 years when properly cared for.
I don’t remember exactly when I started taking pictures, but I do remember taking my father’s camera to the 1962 parade in Washington welcoming John Glenn home after he became the first American to orbit the earth. I developed my eye by photographing my dog, a very tolerant, tri-color collie, hundreds of times through the 60s.
Except for photography, I was always more focused on music, viola and brass (mostly trombone), than on visual art. I started college in music and graduated with a degree in Computer Science. After a 30+ career in the computer software industry including running my own business for 14 years and co-founding a number of start-ups, I worked as a business and executive coach/consultant and later as a training manager to TSA airport baggage screeners.
In 2003, I co-founded The Nonprofit New, an organization whose major activity is to provide free educational seminars for other nonprofits. Since themed-80s, I have volunteered in a number of capacities in Lexington, mostly in the schools. I also served two terms as a Town Meeting member.