I am a professional, working artist in the Gig Harbor area. I have been publicly showing my work for the past two years, and have recently been accepted into the Verksted Gallery in Poulsbo. My goal is to grow my work to the point where I can be shown in fine art galleries in the Pacific Northwest. I have no formal art training, but was a winner of the Artist’s Magazine Annual Art Contest. My philosophy of art is to always be upping my game: always reaching, always stretching myself and growing to the next level. In Santa Fe, where I lived for 3 years, my work was shown in a local gallery as well as on the juried Open Studio Tour for two years.
An explanation of my art: I work in the medium of photography, creating images from photos I take of individual slices of polished rock. Once I have photographed the selected area of a slice of rock, I enlarge the area. Then begins the careful process of creating separate ‘elements.’ This process involves flipping, reselecting, warping, skewing, filtering, and in other ways working with the elements. Sometimes I create a fractal from elements, sometimes a fractal of a fractal. Depending on complexity, the process of building an image may require 20-30 or as many as 60 individual elements or separate steps. Each element is places on its own ‘layer’ in Photoshop, similar to building layers of a transparency on an overhead projector. Ultimately, I arrive at a final image: the original rock design is often visible in the finished image; but often, too, the original design becomes obscured along the way. I do try to retain something recognizable (of the original rock slice) in the finished artistic image.