The photographs that I’ve taken over the last 30 years are all a form of landscape.
Whether it’s horses, the human body, or nature, my lens explores our relationship to our surroundings, blurring the line between reality and imagination.
There's a difference between losing oneself in a landscape and actually being lost. Exploration, freedom, and curiosity inform my life and my practice.
I was born in Wisconsin to a family of artists. Growing up in a rural community with row after row of cornfields and vast open spaces not only influenced how I saw myself, but also indelibly affected my perception of space, light, and color.
My earliest inspiration came from music. My mother introduced me and my sisters to a range of genres from Baroque to African folk music. I don’t remember a time when ideas weren’t explored creatively. When we wanted to escape our world, we ‘traveled’ by making things, playing music, painting, and drawing.
Later, during my art studies and practice, I learned to use the camera as a tool to combine the art of painting with photographic information.
As a teacher of photography, I want my students and others to understand that inspiration may be the seed that becomes a photo, but a series or project comes from deeper examination and hard work. When something in your work hinders you, consider it, but keep going. Regrets and second-guessing never help, just keep working.
Horses are special to me and have been the subject of my photographs for publications and exhibitions. Long ago, I volunteered, worked, and photographed for twelve years straight at a guest ranch where we drove horses across the White Mountains, Arizona. I also organized a long-standing annual event to bring horses to Brooklyn for students to photograph, draw, and paint their movements and poses.
Nowadays, I split my time between New York City and the Catskills Mountains where I ride and care for my horses. There is a balance between these two places, which I enjoy. One is high energy, and the other offers the tranquility and the open spaces of my childhood.
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