I didn’t set out to become an artist. I carried a camera with me wherever I went simply because it was expected of me. My mother had handed me her Kodak DuoFlex when I was six years old and asked me to snap a picture of her and my grandmother. I was hooked. I began to photograph everything I saw.
School didn’t offer any photography classes, and I began to lean more toward literature and writing. Always in the back of my mind, though, was the desire to capture unique moments in time. As my writing evolved from short stories to poetry, I realized that even writing was leading me back to photography, where I could carve out a single instant and preserve it on paper with light just I had tried to do with words.
Eventually, people began to notice my work and patterns began emerging, patterns I did not consciously create until I began working with a children’s home in Romania and the true nature of my work began to appear. I realized the joy of photographing the intimate details of life. Some of my art deals with people doing what they do every day, while other parts of my work portray the natural world. Always the common thread running through my photography is that I try to portray the details that make up the whole. I have photographed everything from a potter’s hands in Romania as he shaped a bowl on a wheel to the tiny boulders of pollen captured on a bee’s fur.
None of this was intentional. The love I have for art and the joy I find in photographing the life around me and sharing what I find, I think, were instilled in me from the beginning, part of my nature.
My influences are all around me; my family and friends and a world of life. More specifically, I love the work of W. Eugene Smith, T.S. Eliot, Ansel Adams and Dylan Thomas. Ray Bradbury taught me to think of possibilities and that home is always important. Henri Cartier-Bresson’s work taught me that every moment of every day is unique and will never be repeated. Finally, my brother, who has been drawing since he was 3, was the first person to call me an artist.