Artist's Statement

The imagery I create combines the glowing expanse of a cityscape and the grandeur of architectural subjects with the vibrant colors of twilight. I strive to capture the rich, saturated indigo hues and cobalt blues of the early-evening sky. The neon vibrance of an urban marketplace, a sprawling metropolis, and the majestic glass facades of majestic skyscrapers reflecting the beauty of nautical twilight are the focus of my work.

 

I have specialized in timed exposures and experimental photography since I purchased up my first 35mm camera. I pay close attention to composition, perspective and balance. I enjoy shooting the spectacle of fireworks and lightening, the brash brilliance of an amusement pier after sunset, and the expanse of a city as twilight fades on the horizon.

Select Publications & Exhibitions

Phillips’ Mill Photographic Exhibition

(1994 / Two Entries)

Club Industry Magazine

(1995 / Cover Photo)

Club Industry Magazine

(1995 / Content Photos)

First Prize winner of the “Urban Visions” contest

@ Manhattan Arts International Magazine

(Cover Photo, January 2000)

2015 Seattle Metro and Photo Center NW Photomural Public Art Project Call

(Two Entries / Three Bus Stop Installations)

1st International Phone Photography Competition

@ Fotofoto Gallery 2015

“A Point of View: Contemporary Photograhy” Exhibition

@ Site:Brooklyn Gallery in Brooklyn, New York 2016

“Tripping the Light Fantastic: Excellence in Photography” Exhibition

@ Cotuit Center for the Arts, Cotuit, Massachusetts 2016

2nd International Phone Photography Competition

@ Fotofoto Gallery 2016

“Color Burst” Exhibition

@ Black Box Gallery in Portland, Oregon 2016

ArtForwardContests Exhibition

(Publication & Online Gallery / 2016)

“Creative Quarterly: The Journal of Art & Design”

(CQ45 / Three Entries)

Winner, Publication & Online Gallery

Finalist @ Fomenar Prize 2016

Arte Borgo Gallery, Rome, Italy

​4th International Phone Photography Competition

@ FotoFoto Gallery 2018

“Creative Quarterly: The Journal of Art & Design”

(CQ53 / Five Entries)

Winner, Publication & Online Gallery (Three Entries)

Runner-Up, Online Gallery (Two Entries)

“Creative Quarterly: The Journal of Art & Design”

Winner, 100 Best Annual 2018 (One Entry)

“Creative Quarterly: The Journal of Art & Design”

(CQ58 / Three Entries)

Runner-Up, Online Gallery (Three Entries)

“Creative Quarterly: The Journal of Art & Design”

(CQ60 / Four Entries)

Winner, Publication & Online Gallery (Two Entries)

Runner-Up, Online Gallery (Two Entries)

CQ60 Online Gallery Link

“Creative Quarterly: The Journal of Art & Design”

Winner, 100 Best Annual 2020 (One Entry)

“Creative Quarterly: The Journal of Art & Design”

Winner, Best in Show 2020 (One Entry)

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