A big thank you to Patrick Brien for writing such a nice piece about me for his Artist Spotlight column in the Riverside Press Enterprise. It’s been a few weeks since it was published (my life has been a bit crazy of late) but I thought I’d share it here just the same. Enjoy! :-)
I’m delighted to announce that 10 of my images have been included in the Spring/Summer Riverside County Artscape Exhibition. This ongoing, bi-annual exhibition is coordinated by the Riverside Arts Council as part of its Art- in-Public-Places program. All work is offered for sale with a silent auction taking place toward the end of the exhibition.
Southern California friends, if you find yourself in downtown Riverside (the exhibit is at the Riverside County Administration Center, 4080 Lemon St., Riverside 92501) between now and the end of July, I hope you’ll stop by and take a look!
For more information: https://www.artscaperiverside.com/
If you’ve been following me for very long you know that I love analog photography and still shoot film on a regular basis.
As you can imagine, I'm delighted to have one of my favorite Polaroids (entitled “Full Circle”) included in Analog Forever Magazine's first online exhibition. It's a beautiful collection of images and I’m honored to have my work displayed alongside them.
To check out the exhibition click here: https://www.analogforevermagazine.com/online-exhibitions/analog-forever-october-2018
If you like what you see, I do hope you’ll also check out the two image galleries (drop-down menu up above) I’ve dedicated to my film photography. Besides the aforementioned Polaroids, I’ve also posted some experimental medium-format images taken with a hacked (the lens has been inverted) vintage Brownie. A 35mm gallery is in the works.
And all at once, summer collapsed into fall. ~ Oscar Wilde
Oh, how I love this time of year. Happy autumnal equinox, peeps!
Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home! ~ Charles Dickens
To all who celebrate, a very Merry Christmas to you!
It's been quiet around here, I know. The truth is, after nearly a decade of blogging over on Wordpress, I've found myself dragging my feet here, reluctant to fully inhabit this new space. Perhaps it's an aversion to change on my part or maybe it's simply that I feel a little too exposed (this being my own domain and all). Whatever the reason for my slow start, I'm here now.
I'm an inveterate goal setter and list maker, and a July baby, so I guess it makes sense that I'm also very big on checking in with myself this time each year. Happily, 2017 has been pretty good for me so far, both productive and eventful.
Among the highlights? I was invited to be a part of Idyllwild: Coming Home, a special group exhibit celebrating Middle Ridge Winery and Tasting Gallery's one-year anniversary in our rustic mountain community.
It was the first time I've taken on a project of this kind, shooting more or less "on assignment" and with a few guidelines. I'll admit this worried me a little at first mostly because I've become obsessed with photo impressionism these past several months, working almost exclusively with slow-shutter speed and intentional camera movement. I was, at least initially, slightly uneasy about making such an abrupt return to traditional nature photography.
As it turned out, my macro lens and I were able to pick up where we left off and, after more than six years here on the mountain, my eye was once again attuned to the beautiful, if subtle, details I had almost begun to take for granted.
As for the show itself, it's been a treat to see our wilderness and wildlife through the eyes of so many talented local artists. From oil paintings and pen-and-ink drawings to sculpture, ceramics, wearable art, and photography, Idyllwild: Coming Home is an eclectic tribute to a remarkable place.
If you're in Southern California, you may already know that Idyllwild makes for a great weekend getaway or day trip. So come on up for the art and stay for the wine (or vice versa, Middle Ridge offers a wonderful selection of both). The show remains up through Labor Day.
Middle Ridge Winery & Tasting Gallery 54301 N Circle Dr, Idyllwild, CA 92549 Closed Tuesdays. Call for hours: 951-659-9000.
I spent the first day of spring gallivanting around the desert in search of wildflowers (we're in the midst of a "superbloom" here in Southern California due to the surprisingly-wet winter we've had), and put nearly 300 miles on my car in the process.
I thought, naively, that if I arrived in the desert early enough (I left my house at 5:30 a.m. which, if you know me, is pretty much unheard of regardless of the photo op), I’d be able to avoid the crowds. As it turns out, I greatly underestimated my fellow petal peepers and, faced almost immediately upon my arrival with traffic and lines, took off in search of some peace and quiet at the largely-abandoned Salton Sea.
All that being said, I did manage a few impressionistic wildflower shots before abandoning my quest. This one's my favorite.