I cannot remember when I wasn’t crazy about horses, storytelling, and pictures. When it was time to choose a career, storytelling won and I spent years in theater and film both as performer and teacher. Later, while recovering from a life-changing horseback riding accident, I discovered cameras and found myself increasingly drawn to making pictures.
I quickly grew impatient with what I perceived as the limitations of the representational photography that has been in vogue for so many decades. I wasn’t satisfied with images that depicted the cold, unyielding reality of exactly what I saw. Indeed, even in the case of landscape photography, I wanted to convey not only what I saw, but something more about what I felt, when I saw it.
Eventually, I found myself immersed in a style influenced by the pictorialist movement that had flourished early in the 20th Century. Thanks to the use of an electronic brush—I begin with a photograph and then paint over that image with light and shadow, color, and texture, until the image more clearly reflects not just what I saw, but something of the emotions that were evoked. When I work on an equine image, rather than trying to accurately capture the horse I saw, I hope to convey how that horse made me feel.
My work comes from the collected stories in my heart, not merely what my camera sensor records. They are imaginings, as well. They emanate from dreams, half-forgotten memories, impressions, and feelings.
I hope my images will stir memories, dreams, and stories in your heart.