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two moods from one leaf

I created these two photographs from the same leaf, one I’ve been working with for two weeks now. Even though they’re from the same “simple” source, both photographs have such different moods, such different personalities: the last one was solid and grounded, while this one…  read more

About the art: Intermezzo

An art student just asked me some questions about this photograph. They were such good, interesting questions, I wanted to share my answers with you all. Is there a story or meaning behind this photograph? The meaning of a photograph usually comes out after I…  read more

my climate story

Earlier this month I participated in The Climate Reality Project‘s leadership training program. It was a solid week of information, presentations, discussion and networking. One of our first assignments was to write our “climate story” — a account of how you became personal invested in the…  read more

We really need spring

March 26, 2020 in About my arttopics:

Sometimes, we just really need spring to arrive. Not like a lamb, nor a lion, but like a wave — rising up and washing away all traces of the past winter.


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


July 25, 2017 in About my arttopics:

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

an interplay of form and texture

February 24, 2016 in About my arttopics:

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 sleek, aerodynamic shape of the seed, combined with its intricate, vein-like texture. But honestly, my love of…  read more

abstracts of a calla lily

July 17, 2014 in About my arttopics:,

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 a little longer. These photograph celebrates the clean and simple shape of the lily, as well as…  read more

Updraft – an abstract of a leaf

May 01, 2014 in About my arttopics:

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 it had been frozen in motion. Holding it in my hand, I could almost feel it being…  read more