Panama, New York
"I first fell in love with black & white photography many years ago as a shy high school student. It quickly became my avenue for self-expression and ignited a passion in me that has never dwindled. As the years passed I began to realize creation was an essential ritual for me. It was an act as necessary as breathing. It has functioned as my voice, my freedom and often my own form of therapy.
"When I began college I intended to study elementary education but became immersed in the world of art history. Seduced by idea of studying such an intriguing subject while producing artwork full time my major quickly changed. I felt the role of impoverished artist suited me. Despite the fact that I have lived up to this stereotype with much more authenticity than I had originally anticipated I have no regrets. A person can successfully live off a box of saltine crackers for three days especially if they are broken into small pieces and eaten at a measured pace. However, try and complete a gel photo transfer without a $16 bottle of Golden Acrylic Soft Gel; I think it's clear where I am going with this.
"In 2007 I received a dual Bachelor's Degree from Fredonia State in Art History and Visual Arts & New Media with a concentration in photography. I desperately wanted to pursue a Master's Degree and teach Art History but life had other plans for me. Those plans were named Timmy and Owen. My new goal became to teach my boys important things like where the dirty laundry goes. We are still working on that particular lesson but I hope to have them trained by the time they turn 21.
"I was unable to find a job in my field locally so I began my occupational journey through hell. I worked a series of poor and sometimes abusive jobs. There was no time for art unless it involved crayons or gluing googley eyes on rocks. It was at this point in my life that I realized how important art really was to me. I began pursing it with a renewed interest and the realization that it was a dream I would not give up regardless of how slow the journey might be.
"I define myself as an image maker but I work primarily as a photographer. Most of my images start from a photo regardless if the final outcome is presented in the form of a hand bound book or digitally painted photographic collage. My collages are typically assemblages of photographs, scanned objects and drawings combined while toggling between Photoshop and Corel Painter 12. Some of my other works involve painting from scratch using the Painter program.
"My artistic endeavors cover a wide range of interests. Sometimes my aim is as simple as sharing a beautiful moment. I am fascinated with the use of lighting to create an aura or strong emotional feel within an image. Also, I enjoy creating storylines in the form of ironic dark comedies. My recent work shows more emphasis on conceptual components with moral overtones."