People with cameras take pictures. I make them.
I create my work using a flatbed scanner as my camera and natural objects (most locally grown or foraged) as subjects. I have been creating images in this manner since 2006, both as an outlet for my creativity and a different way to share my knowledge and appreciation of the natural world. My experience as a photographer, blacksmith, naturalist, gardener and forager informs and inspires my art. I strive to portray nature's essences, forms, patterns and colors, the familiar and the less-seen details.
I use my scanner as a high resolution camera with a macro/closeup lens. To create a composition, I pose the subjects - leaves, flowers, etc. on the glass plate, cover open, in a roughly 8x10" area, often rearranging them many times to get an arrangement that pleases my eye. I edit the scans in Photoshop, often spending many hours digitally painting in backgrounds and/or editing out the stray dust and pollen that invariably accompanies my subjects. My editing process results in images that look to be a hybrid of illustration and photography, displaying much depth (despite the scanner's minimal depth of field) and wonderful detail.
Prints are on fine art rag paper or canvas, using archival inks.
All images in the gallery are available in other sizes, commonly up to 20x24 or larger in some cases. Also available framed. Prints should be handled with care, as the inks can scratch.