My primary subject is Oregon Rivers. My attraction to these bodies of water is both visual and emotional. I am drawn to the relationship between light and water and the infinite number of colors it can reflect from its surroundings. I also see this interplay (between light, water and color) as a way to express my feelings and experiences of being in the world. My subjects are familiar, depicting places in the Columbia Gorge, Mt.Hood Wilderness, Metolius River and the Wilson River. Some of my photographs present these bodies of water in recognizable tranquil looking landscapes. Others depict them as abstract expressions of movement and color. This contrast between tranquil scenes and dynamic expressions draws attention to the nature of rivers; riverbeds and riverbanks appear untouched but are always changing. Variations in patterns and colors on the waters surfaces can be seen as reflections of my changing emotions and perceptions. The rivers are always changing, life is always changing and so am I.
I was born and raised in Corvallis, Oregon and have been doing photography for over two decades. I received an art education at Central Oregon Community College earning an Associate of Arts in Art and then a fine arts education at the Pacific Northwest College of Art earning a BFA in Photography. I photograph using a Nikon digital camera and 6 x 7 film camera; Mamiya 7II. The photographs are professionally printed on Professional Kodak Endura paper and many of the Water Color images are printed on Metallic photo paper that features a unique pearlescent surface, highly saturated colors and ultra-bright backgrounds.