Who are you and what do you do?
Born in Alpine, Texas in ’52. By age 20 I’d moved 19 times & lived in every state in the western US except Oregon & Idaho. At 17 I put out my thumb, hit the road and never looked back. Hitchhiked several times across the US, throughout Europe, through the Middle East to India & back – Reykjavík, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Florence, Corfu, Mikonos, Izmir, Istanbul, Tehran, Kandahar, Kabul, Khyber Pass, Peshawar, Srinigar, Delhi … Upon my return to the US, young & broke, I picked fruit in New Hampshire, worked with an oil exploration crew out of Kemmerer, Wyoming, moved furniture & worked in a pasta factory in Denver, did some roofing in El Paso, lived in an old mining camp in Western Montana, milked cows, irrigated fields, headed for Alaska (refused entry at the Canadian border for insufficient funds), returned to Seattle & landed a job running a printing press in Seattle in 1978. Didn’t like having a boss so I started my own printing business which I closed in 2001 due to insufficient funds, managed someone else’s print shop for 7 years, left that job in 2008 for a job in computer sales. In the meantime I got married, had kids & dogs – wife left me, kids grew up, dogs died (still got the old truck), remarried and I’m still making pictures.
What inspires you?
Color, mystery, light, sensuality, desire, subtlety, energy
What themes do you pursue?
I am primarily interested in abstraction at this point. I have been experimenting for years with alternative photographic techniques in pursuit of these images that I am making now. Abstraction allows a viewer to avoid or at least examine preconceived notions as to what something “is supposed to be” . With neither conventional reference nor title one can experience the feeling or energy of a work at its most fundamental level.
As my wife says “You have to not be able to not do it.”
Name some artists you would like to be compared to.
Not sure who I want to be compared to. I have been compared to Georgia O’Keefe, & Jackson Pollock – pretty heady stuff. I am inspired as a photographer by painters & painting. My initial series of abstracts was originally titled “homage to painters”. Some who I feel have influenced my work greatly (in no particular order) are Pollock, Twombly, Basquiat, Klee, Thiebaud, Kandinsky, Hockney, Rauschenberg, Hopper, van Gogh, Picasso, Dali & so on. Photographers who I consider to be major influences are Ansel Adams, Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Moholy Nagy, advertising & fashion photography in general – too many good shooters to name.