I received my Bachelor's in Fine Arts at the Maine College of Art (MECA) as a ceramic sculptor. The shapes and textures of found objects often inspired my ceramic forms, which I then used as still lives for paintings. My work was about texture, form and color.
I also spent several years focusing on landscape painting. I worked on-site and used snapshots to help finish the images in my studio. I began to enjoy taking photographs as much as painting.
Many years later I began taking courses in medium and large format black and white photography at MECA. I loved the texture and shapes that can be achieved with black and white, but I missed color. I tried color photography but it wasn’t enough – I missed the act of painting.
I discovered by combining black and white photography and painting, I was able to create images neither could alone. I approach each black and white photo as a canvas, slowly building up layers of oils to create subtle, luminous colors. I then work with colored pencil to add texture and depth.
My primary focus is Maine life and the abundant natural beauty that is found here. Often I return to the same location to record changes in light and season.