Artist’s Statement

All of my photographic work, regardless of subject matter, draws from history.  History is critical to understanding the relationship between humans and the world we create and inhabit. Whether the personal histories of individuals, the history of a particular culture, or the history of a global event, I have always been passionate about the stories of the past. While some tales are complex and others intimate, they all offer lessons to those who would hear them.

Furthermore, I am fascinated by the impact that humans have on the land we live on. Sometimes we seek to bend it to our will, while at others our effect is unintentional, but still evident nonetheless. At times, we worship the land and leave it undisturbed. There are stories to be told about this human intervention, and some of them find their way into my work.

Reading and research underlie my artistic practice. Throughout my career, I have studied aspects of psychology, sociology, art, religion, music, economics, agriculture, politics, and geography to guide me when working on a project. This breadth of knowledge provides me with a multi-faceted perspective of the topic as I wrestle with it, allowing me to move forward to create metaphorical meanings that extend beyond the subject matter at hand.