Each moment is the first, each moment is the last. Capture the light, evanescent.
"Where I place myself is all the same to me; any location is good as long as I have nature before my eyes." Gustave Courbet (1819-1877)
"Man must become refined when he is constantly living before such exquisite pictures…Nature is the great refiner, the poor man’s poet and painter."
Peter Henry Emerson (1856-1936)
"Take a course in good water and air; and in the eternal youth of nature you may renew your own. Go quietly, alone; no harm will befall you." John Muir (1838-1914)
I have long admired the oil paintings of Thomas Moran whose western landscapes inspired Congress to establish Yellowstone as America’s first National Park in 1872; the Florida landscapes of A.E. “Bean” Backus and the “folk art” of his protégés The Highwaymen; the B&W landscape photography of Ansel Adams and Clyde Butcher and the wildlife illustrations of John James Audubon and Francis Lee Jaques. I attempt to capture the sublime or pictorial elements of their work when composing images.
In addition to American wildlife and landscape artists I am developing an interest in Japanese sumi-e, Chinese hua, and oriental wood block prints. The simple compositions and subdued palettes of the landscapes, wildlife portraits, and flower arrangements greatly inform my photography. I am also exploring the relationship between Impressionism and water reflections as abstracts.
On a typical field day I travel the back roads or wander the trails of America's National Parks, Forests and Wildlife Refuges, for hours on end, and photograph the infinite variety of native wildflowers, butterflies, dragonflies, birds and landscapes. With these images I attempt to capture the essence of art in nature.
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