The female human form holds my fascination. I am intrigued by the beauty of that form that is at once unique to the individual while also archetypal to humanity. Each photograph to varying degrees deals with the tension between the individuality of the person and the universality of the female form. Occasionally, the individual is most present in the work. In most, the beauty of the form is the primary subject.
In many of my works, the use of light within a studio is my sole aid in uncovering the sublime of the female form. Light and dark play against the line of the body to make it more pleasing to the eye and yet still ?natural? and without artificiality. The beauty I strive to uncover is not meant to be seen as primarily sexual, but rather an appreciation of female beauty without particular reference to sex. It is the beauty of the gender that is present; a beauty that is unashamed of its identity.
Through the use of a nude form against urban backdrops, the form itself is elevated as it is set among the surroundings. It is a harsh contradiction between beauty that occurs naturally with the stark man-made environment in which many of us choose to live. What is natural and what is contrived, and the interaction between the two is a startling juxtaposition and the desired outcome is further appreciation of the natural.
What you see here is the culmination of a lifetime of love, learning, and friendship as I share my interest in the female form with you. The contradicting tensions of the individual versus archetype, natural versus contrived, are unified in the central theme to find the unique beauty that in found in every female; a beauty that is there to be seen and appreciated, but not always found. It was my quest to always uncover this beauty.
Recieved Director's recognition award in photographic processes IV show at Periodgallery online.
Displayed at Pause Gallery (www.pausegallery.com) for the month of December 2004. Show name: Pygmalion.
Participated in the Gender Symposium (6 peices hung) at Lewis & Clark College in 2005.
Had 6 peices hanging in the inaugral show of Studio 15 in Portland Oregon during April.
Exhibited at Angry Fairy for the month of August 2005. Shows name--Puchre
Solo exhibitions at the Hemingway Gallery, Kansas City, MO December 2009 and September 2010
Featured artist at Gallery 326, Kansas City, MO February 2011-April 2011
Group show "Nude not Naked" at the Slap n Tickle Gallery, Kansas City, MO, July 2011
Group show "Hot and Steamy" at the Late Show Gallery, Kansas City, MO, August 2011.
Group show "Naughty Elf" at the Late Show Gallery, Kansas City, MO, December 2011.
Group show "5th Annual Erotica Show" at the Slap and Tickle Gallery, Kansas City, MO, February 2012.
Juried show (Juror: Heidi Kirkpatrick) "The Photographic Nude 2012" at the Lightbox Photographic Gallery, March 2012.