Photography has been my longest standing artistic passion. If one could liquefy cameras, mix in some darkroom chemistry, melt in some film stock and add a splash of glitter to represent the imagination then this concoction would run in my veins lieu of blood.
I have been a photographer now for a quarter century. That's an overly dramatic way of saying I started in Jr. High and am now in my early '40s. So many styles, themes and subject matter have enthralled me over the years. I've been able to enjoy the exploration of landscapes, portraits, fine art nudes, editorial imagery with an emphasis on social commentary, glamour and theatrical and so much more.
Even though my artistic pursuits expand beyond photography, I try to incorporate my imagery into as many mediums as I'm able.
Sometimes I just grab my camera and hit the road. Sometimes alone but most of the time with friends and family.
These day-trips can lead me anywhere to anything and literally anything could be captured. Obviously I look for something unique but also try to approach it from a perspective that demonstrates how I see the scene. Or maybe more appropriately, how I want you to see it.
Some of this done in editing, indeed. However my editing style doesn't really extend much beyond what one would typically do in a darkroom. Add or subtract contrast, Adjusting highlights and shadows, color temperature, perhaps adding textures like we used to do with hand made prints and oil pastels.
So the images here represent the results of various photo safaris.
Enjoy my interpretation of the world I see before!
One of my favorite things is to shoot fashion. I love the energy on the set, in the images and the creative freedom it affords.
Whether it's for a models portfolio or publication I welcome any fashion assignment if you're looking for someone with a unique vision and dynamic aesthetic.
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My first instinct is to name this section "editorial" because in the written word an Editorial is often social commentary or the exploration of a theme. These are the goals of my fine art photography. To say something, to communicate an ideal, express something of deep emotional significance to myself and hopefully others.
Some images in this gallery are NSFW and are certainly of a sensitive nature, not for the faint of heart and/or include artistic expressions of the nude form. Please consider this your "trigger warning"
Basically encaustic art is creating art with layers of hot wax to which pigment can be added, in these pieces I am printing my original photography into layers of wax using encaustic techniques which have been in use for thousands of years.
This is a medium I will be doing much more of in the future so please check this gallery often for additions to the collection.
In addition to the encaustic process I enjoy employing other methods of creating handmade prints of my original photography. These are all examples of non-traditional printmaking for photography. No darkrooms were harmed, or even used, in the creation of these art pieces. :)
Hence the title of Visual Artist over Photographer, I do engage in mediums other than photography.
I have been working with silver for a few years now but have recently started to focus on creating rings and pendants in particular.
My design aesthetic is to create pieces to feel not just old... ancient. Like found treasure, given new life in the modern age. They aren't what you will find in a jewelry store at the mall, that's the point. These pieces are unique, one of a kind items with a particular appeal.
I use mainly fine silver (99% silver content as opposed to sterling silver with a silver content of 92.5%, and gemstones.
My husband and I continue referring to ourselves as fledgling film makers. We have equipment, knowledge of how to use said equipment and some original scripts. What we lack is the time and talented collaborators for in front of and behind the camera. So if you are looking to gain guerrilla film making cred then give us a shout. Want to act? We have parts for you to play. Want to hold a boom mic? We have that too. Drop us a line.
In the meantime here a few short things we've cobbled together so far. I would love to do more "video portraits" like the one titled "Hoosier" Have a unique story to tell? Let me hear it! Maybe we can tell it together.
Video Portrait: Hoosier
This is the first in a series where I endeavor to create video portraits of individuals with unique stories to tell. This young man is a tried and true Hoosier. Even though he was adopted and has mixed bloodlines he has no ambivalence regarding his heritage. It's Hoosier Pride all the way for him and so many others who count themselves as Hoosiers and have a true heart for the Midwest.
This video was just a trial and error learning experience though I tried to make the content interesting enough to make it worth the effort. I filmed in the cemetery at the highest point in Central Indiana as a ginormous thunderstorm was brewing. In one of the raw clips the cities tornado watch siren is going off. Never mind the zoom shot where I actually used my telephoto lens to zoom in, I know better than that, just wanted to give it a shot and learn why it's a bad idea. Now I know. :) Anyway, enjoy.
This is a fun little piece I put together with a friend. An experiment in using studio lighting for video, we decided to turn up the heat and make something with a sensual mystery to it. What happened just prior to this moment? What happened afterword? For the matter, what's happening IN this moment? You decide. :)
Special FX Makeup
Mostly intended for future film making endeavors I have been working with special fx makeup for awhile now. I've done work for theater and really enjoy utilizing these skills in photo shoots to create characters and make unique visions come to life.
Over the years I've created some stunning jewelry, statement pieces, the kind of wearable art that expresses your individual nature. If you would like me to design and make something for you, I do take private commissions. Just contact me for additional information if interested.