I grew up in and around Washington DC. I started shooting photos in the early 80’s of hardcore punk bands. I continued with photography over the years, but now my subjects are equines and the birds & wildlife in the mountains where I am now. When I moved to this area, my goal was to get my best shots of every species of bird and mammal that I saw on my property. Though horses seem to have a special place in my heart.
My Spotted Saddle horse has been the subject of so many of my images. I love wandering through the National Park which surrounds my property looking for birds and wildlife. It seems no matter what subject I find and work with, I do always go back to the equines. No other animal has the beauty, grace and strength of a horse.
I have never had any “formal” training in photography. “I’ve always loved painting, but was never very good at it. I would get ideas that never seemed to come out on a canvas. I found my outlet when I learned more of the digital art side of photography. Mixing my images together or layering them with textures and digital brush work. Some images have had over a hundred layers to them. I use a lot of brushwork to blend and combine images together in many instances. Which brings in the love I had for painting. My work does wander to the surreal and whimsical side at times, but I always come back to or include the animals.
I’ve never done my work professionally. Dealing with some disabilities I have not taken my work to that step. I love what I do. I become absorbed in each image that I work on. If I don’t feel that wonder of seeing where an image will go right away, it usually turns out a mess. I’ve learned to scratch those and move on to the next. Something usually comes up that will take me back to those photos, to try again. I am always reading and learning from others.
I have been honored to have my images published in a number of magazines, including Virginia Wildlife, Kaleidos and used on the back cover of a Barnes & Noble hardcover book, have won or placed in Equine Photographer's Network, Photography Society of Chattanooga, Light, Space and Time-Animal Art contest and Viewbug.