The portraits are done during a conversation with my subjects in which we talk about the human experience… life, love, aging, death, dying, art, etc.
The camera is set apart from us and I remotely shoot, trying to capture facial expression that show intensity and emotions.
The images are 24 x 24 inches printed on archival 100% rag content paper.
Images done using light-painting photography techniques.
This is a new experimental direction in which I see a lot of potential for creativity and expression. I'm attracted to the immediacy of the medium and what can be done on the spot while still present in the moment of creation.
The photo paintings are as the title suggests a combination of digital photography with acrylic painting. The images are 24 x 24 inches on panel.
Asemic Writing Paintings
Beginning in the fall of 2002, my wife and I started what has become regular visits to the La Cloche mountains in northern Ontario, Canada. There I met Jon Butler, a local landscape photographer and Zen Buddhist practitioner. The combination of the beauty and peacefulness of the La Cloche mountains, along with the introduction to Buddhist philosophy have fueled most of my recent work including these paintings. Some of the pieces are images made for the purpose of introspection and meditation, while others represent political criticism and commentary on the oppression of Buddhist countries such as Tibet.
Acrylic on paper 48 x 52 inches, acrylic on panel 48 x 48 inches and other smaller sizes.
Mythos and Karma series (digital prints)
The inspiration for the Mythos series comes from a trip to Greece and specifically a visit to the Museum of Thessalonica which featured the exhibition Treasures of Mount Athos. In this exhibition were numerous Byzantine documents with an astonishing array of exquisite period calligraphy. Although not able to understand the languages represented in these documents, the beauty and quality of the calligraphic markings where inspirational and made a huge impression on me. This led to the creation of calligraphic symbols without literal meaning appearing in this and later works of the Karma series.
Mythos series: 36 x 48 inches on Epson Velvet fine art paper 100% cotton.
Karma series: 30 x 40 inches on Epson Velvet fine art paper 100% cotton.
Stained Heart Series
This series' idea came when I spilled some coffee from my espresso machine onto my kitchen counter. After photographing the stain and importing the image into my Mac, it reminded me of a Puerto Rican Taino indian symbol called a Semí. This triggered the series primitive concept.