According to legendary filmmaker Akira Kurosawa, an artist is someone who simply "does not look away." That rings true to me. It implies that there’s an unbroken line from enjoying art to creating it, and that absolutely everyone can participate. But really looking is more easily said than done. It requires discipline, patience, and a willingness to let first-impressions fall away so that more subtle layers of meaning can emerge.
My task as an artist is to earnestly “see,” and then faithfully capture and share what's revealed.
This task sometimes parallels the work of a forensic detective, requiring ingenuity, technical knowledge, and persistent effort: slowly, methodically, a seemingly mundane image can be sculpted into a rich, enduring image. And on other occasions it's a happy accident; scenes just present themselves fully-formed and must be noticed and seized before they evaporate.
I enjoy employing this combination of technical skill, keen observation, and emotional openness, and aim to continually develop these dimensions of my work.