About


History


Based in southern California, I have passionately pursued art since childhood; spending many years painting and sketching from a very young age, and later taking up various instruments, especially the celtic harp. Exploring nature in the intervening years has been a favorite pastime, and that love for the beauty of land and sea has evolved into a passion for creative expression through photography.

In more recent years I have moved toward large format film photography as my medium of choice, especially black & white and traditional darkroom print making. Focusing on black & white photography enables me to explore a deeper vision and get to the soul of what I am trying to express through my art.

I am a professional Librarian and Archivist, and have studied archival photographic storage and preservation. As a result, creating photographic prints with long-term archival stability is of great concern. All of my prints are processed and toned to the highest standards and with archival permanence in mind.

As Seen In


McLain's Coffee House and Cafe - Summer 2012 - proceeds of print sales donated to California State Parks Foundation

Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary - wildlife and landscape signage.

 

Camera Sizes Used


  • 6x4.5cm
  • 6x6cm (2x2)
  • 6x9cm (2x3)
  • 6x17cm
  • 4x5 (9x12cm)
  • 5x7 (13x17cm)
  • 8x10 (18x24cm)
  • 4x12 (10x30cm)
  • 11x14 (28x35cm)

Creative Process


My process of creating a fine art image begins with selecting the camera. I create my images using traditional large and medium format film cameras, and primarily make contact prints. Created by laying the negative directly on the printing paper, contact prints are unmatched in their subtle range of tones and delicate nuance. Due to the nature of contact prints, each image will be of a specific size, depending on the camera used.

Most of my work is printed in the traditional wet darkroom on silver gelatin paper. After thorough processing and washing, all prints are toned and given a final wash. This is a slow and painstaking process, but ensures the greatest archival longevity.

Occasionally I have made "alternative" prints using processes other than the typical silver gelatin process. This includes Kallitypes and Carbon prints. For archival stability and beautiful tonal range, Carbon prints are without compare.