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Stories and ideas behind how I create my art: from the ideas that fuel my creativity to the techniques that help me realize it.

finding an ocean in a patch of ice

June 24, 2019 in About my arttopics:

Ocean Storm – an abstract photograph of melting ice. Every year, there are just one or two precious days were conditions are perfect for these beautiful ice sculptures to form outside my home. A storm will pile snow and ice on the railing of my…  read more

Celebrating the end of winter

April 01, 2019 in About my arttopics:

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 studio to watch and study. I find flowers much more interesting when they are fading. The bright…  read more

Cold dense energy

March 26, 2019 in About my arttopics:

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

Working fast with melting ice

March 12, 2019 in About my arttopics:

Every year, there are only one or two precious days were the conditions are just right for these beautiful ice sculptures to form on the deck just outside my kitchen. We first need to get a heavy enough snowfall, so that snow collects in heaps…  read more


May 09, 2018 in About my arttopics:

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 it the surging energy of the ocean. By balancing its sharp details, rising like mist, with the…  read more

what I see in the leaves of autumn

November 21, 2017 in About my arttopics:

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. Watching the motion of the falling leaves, I see more than just pretty colors. I see the…  read more


September 18, 2017 in About my arttopics:

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 anything to photograph. But every year, come October, I am inspired again and again. In this case,…  read more


July 25, 2017 in About my arttopics:

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

A baby marigold for Mother’s Day

July 11, 2017 in About my arttopics:,

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. We have now had generations of this marigold’s family living with us, and each year it amazes me again.

Time to discover

May 31, 2017 in About my arttopics:

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 see its potential. Always on the verge of throwing it away, something kept encouraging me to hang…  read more