Trained as a medical and scientific illustrator, my ongoing struggle over the years has been to leave the rigid exactness of highly realistic artwork behind. Quick draws, cartooning, and watercolor sketches have provided a fast and spontaneous solution to the tendency to work in an overly structured style. Abstraction has also been a rigidity-fighting tool, practiced in a series of drawings or paintings that take images to the edge of reality.
Scientific illustration requires great attention to detail but has been a source of inspiration as well: cropped images or small views through a microscope can be enlarged and placed in new contexts. What was once the result of scientific technique can become artistic compositions filled with shapes and textures as well as glorious transparent colors.
As can be seen in many of my photographs, a selective eye can isolate and capture segments of the visual world. My intent over the past decade has been to seek out shapes and forms in nature and architecture -- combinations that can stand alone as simple, abstracted compositions as well as representational images. I’ve found that the camera lens can enrich the image by simplifying it. This principle of simplification (or kanso) causes both the photographer and the viewer to see more intensely – to seek out views often overlooked while rushing through a busy world.
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