My family, my wife and my children
have all sacrificed so that I could live out a dream. The dream
of owning one’s own business is one thing, but to try
to make a living as an artist is quite another. So living that
dream has not always been easy. It has been their love, their
patience, their admiration and their faith in my abilities that
has set me free to work unhindered. In little or in plenty their
support has always been there.
It was in college that photography first grabbed my imagination.
Shortly after my initial adventures with the camera I found
my interest quickly moving toward capturing people. Sitting
across the kitchen table from my mother’s mother I created
an image that continues to be with me today. Her expression,
the gentleness in her spirit, the kindness in her eyes, the
years of service to a husband and children were written across
her face. Capturing the essence of this woman I called “Grandma”
was something special I will never forget. That first portrait
session in my Grandmother’s kitchen set my course and
still defines the way I work today.
Art should be full of truth and beauty. Portraiture should be
all about the beauty of the person being portrayed and the truth
of who they are. Truth never needs an apology or a larger stage.
Beauty, well true beauty is not always in the eye of the beholder
but surely is in the ones who work together to create it.