About the Artist
As a primarily self-taught artist and photographer, I have strived to develop a style that would be unique to my work and that would be well suited for my choice of subjects. I enjoy creating and capturing scenes that project the rustic feel of the Pacific Northwest’s farmlands, vineyards and rural landscapes. Seeing a weathered barn or a tire swing hanging from an old oak tree evokes images of simpler times and simple pleasures for me. Having grown up in a small rural Northwest town, these visual reminders of my past often provide the inspiration for my work.
My passion for photography has grown from efforts initially intended to capture images of local scenes that I could use for reference with my artwork. I soon discovered the joy that can be found working with digital images which can be cropped, highlighted, and tinted to create an end result unique to the person who it was created by, similar to an artist’s style being distinctive and easily identified by those who have followed their work. I have tried to be sensitive to the natural beauty of the subjects that I am working with, keeping artistic changes minimal while trying to create a soothing image that is pleasing to the eye.
I began sharing my photographs on Facebook accompanied with personal reflections inspired by the images. I found this creative outlet to be an enjoyable means of networking with family, friends, artists and photographers, many from around the world, who in turn provided timely comments and encouragement based on how my images and writing may have impacted them personally. As time passed, I came to realize that creating and sharing my work with others has fed an artistic need and passion and has confirmed the direction that I want to go with my remaining years. It brings me an incredible sense of joy and comfort and has provided me with an outlet to express and share my faith and belief in the Lord with others through the beauty He surrounds us with.
My hope is that this collection of some of my favorite images and personal reflections will leave you with a smile and a sense of the natural beauty that can be found here. Many of these images speak to my heart, triggering memories from my past. Perhaps they will do the same for you…