I've lived most of my
adult life within the Pacific Northwest and for the past five years
have resided on the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains. During the
Spring of 2011 we moved from Roslyn, Washington (the filming location for
the television series "Northern Exposure") to central Oregon — where I
now live less than a quarter mile from the Deschutes National Forest.
For more than 25 years I've
dabbled with various forms of creative expression. Most of my art is still
in the form of wildlife and landscape photography; it was my first love
and it is still strongly present. My skill lies more with composition
and balance than with the technical, though I certainly do hope to improve
the technical aspect over time (difficult as that may be with no formal
Thanks to my acquisition of an
Olympus SP560UZ in November, 2007, my photography reached a new level. I hope
this camera will be my transition from digital point and shoot models to a SLR.
I immediately ordered a cable release to help with night photography and am
considering more additional equipment such as light reflectors. I truly hadn't
felt such a level of excitement about photography since my first 35mm circa 1988.
Photography was my only
medium until the advent of graphical software. Occasionally my postwork
reached the point where the image became unrecognizable as a photograph.
I soon gained the confidence to begin creating works from a blank canvas
rather than my photos, and my growth into the larger realm of art began.
I am also a published
poet, though I now write far less frequently than I'd wish to. If you'd
be interested in reading my poetry, I should probably warn you that I suffer
from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and depression — and the effects
of these struggles can be seen quite clearly in some of my poetry. Much
of my work in this genre reveals the dark conflicts within rather than
the brightness that is so often seen through my photography. You can read
my poetry at "Whispers of