Having acquired an extended photographic skill set, I realized that in order to be able to fully express my vision and emotions, I had to look to paintings, sculptures and other forms of visual art. I immersed myself in art books, workshops and attended numerous gallery and museum exhibitions, as well as taking art and photography courses in college.
Inspired by such artists as Vermeer, Monet and Picasso, whose art captures the essence and life of its muse, I sought to bring that same surrealistic reality to what I felt were otherwise mundane depictions in photography. To me, photographs seemed to embalm a still-life moment, while paintings would forever resurrect the spirit, complexity, and a multi-dimensional profundity that is only possible when the senses are engaged. It was also this realization and intrigue that led me to journey from photographing family and friends to investigating the composition of landscapes, to further indulging my aesthetic fascination with colors, shapes, incongruence, abstractions and juxtapositions through Macro Photography and Painting with Light. Through these explorations I found a way to distill pure mood and sensory awareness. By abstracting clearly definable objects, I remove the visual anchors that distract the viewer from tapping into raw feeling. Mood and emotion are made tangible through a thoughtful symphony that harmonizes magnification and combinations of strobe and incandescent lighting, as well as extended exposure. Reducing the visual to its texture, its fabric, conversely exaggerates its impact on the senses so that it’s never stale, never solved, pinpointed, or defined. These unique and entrancing photographs capture the elusive nature of affectivity. At times mistaken for paintings, these images rely just as much on meticulous composition as they do on the synthesis with each observer’s personal inner condition. In this way it is not merely a thing to look upon and appreciate, but a concept that always interacts.
My work was featured at the Bleeker Gallery in NYC, Niche Gallery (Yokohama Branch) in Tokyo, Uma Gallery in NYC and ATOA (Artists Talk On Art) benefit auctions.