The Way of Art

When the noise of life is quieted,
when the distractions fades,
when sounds are those of nature
It is here I find my way to art and in that art I am whole
That is the way of art for me

I am an expert in my field. My passion for landscape photography began deep in the Paria Wilderness sixteen years ago. It was there I saw a life eternal, spread forth like some artistic blanket covering me from that spot to Yosemite, from the Olympics to the Badlands. I stood that morning, like I would come to stand many mornings, with my camera framed and ready and a creative life spread forth to the landscapes of uncertain future images. This simple artistic existence has been the primary guide of my life.


Inspiration comes from sleeping under the stars, walking in open desert, hearing pines rustling in alpine wind, reading passages of Thoreau or Muir, Abbey or Han Shan or simply standing and observing. Connecting with nature inspires my photography. Solitude, nature, observation, poetry and strength push me to work my craft and creativity toward a perfection that stays just out of reach, but is always sought.

Each image has its own story, sometimes literal, sometimes metaphorical, but my process is always the same. I wander and observe the light, compositional elements and atmosphere. While analyzing these external elements I'm internally visualizing a final image, deciding what I want it to look and feel like. The intersection between these is where my technical decisions; exposure, filter choice, film development and toning are made. I break down the scene into it's foundational elements; light, a solitary rock, cloud movement, a lone mountain, a tree. I compose my interpretation of the scene, working to isolate the defining element that I find interesting by limiting distractions and isolating it.

Making art is deeply personal. Each artist must find their own way, their own voice and the process for doing so is the foundation behind each finished piece. How an image is captured can be a fascinating journey into the depths of personal realization. Beyond tools and technique lies discovery.

The discovery of my art is as varied as the place and times I photograph. I'm obsessed with light, shape and composition. I often stand quietly, empty of thought and let the scene flow around me. It's a moment of artistic meditation that I use to inform my photography.

I seek balance found in the way of nature. My aim is to go deeper than simple ornamental beauty, it is to show something more, to show what I felt and to capture the sublime poetry of a landscape.