The landscape of the American West – with its high desert plains, wide open spaces, and silence as far as the eye can see – informs everything I do as an artist. It is in my bones. I travel, move, take up residency elsewhere but am forever anchored there in my place of birth. Even when I work with images unrelated to the landscape, my art is grounded in fragments of stillness, bounded by the memory and mystery of the western landscape.
Mostly I try to stay out of the way and let the images tell me what they want to be. When I try to make something happen in a certain way, it almost always fails. When I get out of the way, play with the images, let whatever happens happen, unexpected things emerge surprising me and often sending me off in a new direction. Someone wrote that my art seems like alchemy…more like magic than photography or printmaking. If that is true it is because the work is taking its own path and reveling itself in its own way and time.
For some years antlers found their way into my work. And then on a trip to Taos I met a Tewa Native American artist who told me antlers are a symbolic reaching upward toward spirit. Perhaps this is what my images have been trying to tell me all along.
As for me, well I am a printmaker, a photographer and a paper cut artist living and working in Olympia, Washington. I have been working as an artist since 2007. My work is carried by Childhood’s End Gallery in Olympia and has been exhibited here and in southern California. The state of Washington purchased a print of Mt. Rainier as a gift for a visiting Chinese delegation; the City of Olympia purchased a print for the cover of the Arts Walk map in 2015 and installed two of my designs on traffic boxes within the city.
How is the print | photo collage made?
While studying print making with Judith Baumann from Evergreen State College several years ago, I found myself looking for ways to bring traditional print making and graphic arts into my digital photography. I take pictures of things that catch my eye, add them to a library of images that I then use as source material in creating photo collage prints. I use Photoshop to transform images and then layer them together to make a digital print. The print of the Bird of Prophecy is composed of six separate photographs. I’ve created filters and other tools to add texture. The final prints are made with archival pigment inks on rag paper.