A truly effective image is evocative for the viewer, just as the experience in the moment was for the photographer. As for many individuals, a sense of place and permanence is important to me. But we are all on a journey in this life, seeking and thirsting for what we do not understand, for spiritual meaning in our life and in our relationships with our families and friends, and with all that is Sacred. Celtic peoples spoke of “thin places”, where the veil separating us from the other side is briefly transparent, and it is those places, on that Holy Ground, those experiences in the natural world, that compel me to photograph. And I hope that at least some of my images offer a glimpse through that veil for the viewer. No artist could wish for more.
I have participated in creative photography workshops with Dan Larkin, Alison Shaw, David Muench, John Shaw, Nancy Rotenberg, Allen Rokach, Douglas Beasley, and studied fine art printing with Bob Korn and Jim Nickelson. Although many of the images on this web site were captured with Velvia film and then digitized, my images currently are captured with a full frame digital SLR and Lightroom and Photoshop are utilized for tonal and color balancing, or for conversion to black and white, and preparation for printing on archival enhanced matte or premium luster paper. Matting and framing complete the creative process.
Since 2001, I have had several solo exhibits at locations in Central Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia, and in Brattleboro VT. In August 2009, “Through the Lens: Evoking ‘Thin Places’” was exhibited at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, NY, sponsored by the Department of Religion, paring 43 of my images with poetry and reflections written in response to them by Ruth Becker. My work has been accepted consistently in juried group exhibits at the Doshi Gallery of the Susquehanna Art Museum in Harrisburg and in the Photography as Fine Art I and II exhibits at SAM where my images have won judges awards. I regularly participate in group exhibits with the Carlisle Arts Learning Center, The Arts Center School and Galleries of Mechanicsburg where images have won several awards in juried shows, the Perry County Council for the Arts where I also was an invited artist of the month in 2003, the Shape Gallery in Shippensburg, and the Harrisburg Camera Club. My work has been exhibited at Brath Hughes Fine Art and the Second Floor Gallery in Mechanicsburg.
My wife and moved to Florence MA in 2013. I have become a member of Gallery A3 in Amherst where I have participated in several group shows, a two person exhibit with Nancy Meagher, and will a solo exhibit in April 2017 entitled, "Waterscapes and Woodlands". I have had the opportunity for exhibits at the Burnett Gallery in Amherst, the Northampton Cooperative Banks in Amherst and Florence, the gallery at the Cooley-Dickinson Hospital, the Fish and Wildlife Commission in Hadley, and the Lathrup Community. Work has been accepted in juried exhibits at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, and the Jadite Gallery in New Your City where one work received a first place award. I also have had work accepted at the Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction VT where an image won a People's Choice award.
My Images can be found in private homes in the eastern United States and the west coast, Canada, and in professional offices, banks, and hospitals. I have published one book of my photography, "Waterscapes: Light, Color, and Gesture".
I retired after 27 years of the practice of cardiology and internal medicine in Carlisle in 2001. That had been a rewarding career that combining the art and science of medicine --- the creative challenges of people and their feelings with the technical challenges of modern equipment and pharmacology. Now photography offers a unique opportunity to combine science and the arts. Medicine may heal the body; art will nurture the soul.