Category: Art

Stories and ideas behind photographs I’m creating.

not so fast

Some days I have such a strong urge to work quickly, and create as much art as possible. This often happens after a long walk, when I gathered…

inspiration in the common and overlooked

My abstract photographs explore our personal relationship with the natural world we experience everyday. I find my inspiration in common and overlooked scraps of nature, like this fallen…

finding an ocean in a patch of ice

Ocean Storm – an abstract photograph of melting ice. Every year, there is one or two precious days were conditions are just right for beautiful ice sculptures to…

Celebrating the end of winter

In the middle of winter, I bought my daughter some gerbera daisies to brighten up her room. But once they started to wilt, I stashed them into my…

Cold dense energy

It’s a little funny, thinking so much about ice — and its cold dense energy — while the weather outside warms and softens.

More melting ice

The day after I went outside to photograph the ice on my deck, the temperatures rose, and everything melted away. Since then, I’ve been working through the hundreds…

Melting ice

Every year, there is one or two precious days were conditions are just right for these beautiful ice sculptures to form outside my kitchen. The snow first piles…

Breakaway

I often explore how one part of nature can suggest another quite distant from itself. I found this vibrant red maple leaf far inland, but I saw in…

some leaves of autumn 2018

Autumn is my busiest time for creating new art. My days are a cycle of collecting leaves as they fall, studying them in my studio, then photographing them.…

Forthright

Leaves, as you might guess, are my favorite subject to work with. But every autumn I worry if I will burn out, and not be able to find…

Radiance

This abstract leaf seems to be ablaze with the heat of summer.

A baby marigold

Our kids gave their mother a marigold for Mother’s Day years ago, and each fall we harvest the seeds and replant them in the spring.

Time to discover

This is one of those photographs that takes time to discover. I had to live with it for over a year and a half to really begin to…

Coaxing spring to last

In our yard we have crabapple trees and forsythia bushes. For one week each spring, they burst out into colors that are bright, energetic and full of life.…

More colors of autumn

A little over a week ago, the first leaves began to turn color. And today, a chilled rain is knocking the last of the leaves from the trees.…

Autumn colors

Fall is here, which means more leaves to collect and work with! I have started a new art project this month, exploring the colors of autumn. A lot…

an interplay of form and texture

The seed pods from maple trees are a favorite subject of mine to photograph. This is partly because they contain a wonderful interplay with form and texture: the…

more abstractions of melting ice

This is a continuation of a series of photographs I took last winter. I took these after one of our nasty nor’easters back in February, after the storm…

variations on a summer leaf

I have been working for several days with this single leaf that I found. It’s the middle of summer, hot and dry, and the trees are starting to…

inspirit – abstracts of a leaf

Even the stillness of a fallen leaf contains motion, energy, and life. The shapes and patterns that emerge as it dries form a portrait of its life: the…

scorpion from a leaf

I was photographing this leaf, peering through the camera and playing my music loud, when I nearly jumped out of my skin. While exploring the leaf’s shape, this…

abstractions of melting ice

With winter finally gone (fingers crossed), I feel safe to share a few of my latest melting ice abstractions. I took these after one of our nasty nor’easters…

Sea lavender

Every summer, we vacation down the shore in Cape May. It is a beautiful area, with wide beaches, Victorian homes, and plenty of activities for the kids. We…

leaves found by my children

Many of my photographs are created from things my children find for me. One morning, we were sitting on our front steps, waiting for their bus to summer…

abstracts of a calla lily

Last year, my kids gave a bouquet of calla lilies to my wife on Mother’s Day, so I created a series of photograph to make their present last…

another leaf caught in an updraft

This photograph is a companion to the previous one I shared with you. Created from the same leaf, it continues the feeling of a leaf being carried away…

Updraft – an abstract of a leaf

The leaves I collect for my photographs all exhibit strong personalities or characteristics. When I discovered this leaf on the path in front of me, it felt like…

Conjure – an abstract of a leaf

Leaves are my favorite subject to photograph. They seem simple at first — straightforward with no surprises. But when you take the time, you begin to see that…

Airfoil – an abstraction of a shell

We found this broken shell on the beach during the last week of summer vacation. It’s not a “pretty” shell, by any definition, but it does have a…

an abstract of a calla lily

My kids gave a bouquet of calla lilies to my wife on Mother’s Day, so I created this photograph to make their present last a little longer. This…