I have always had a passion for the dramas that are played out before my eyes on both the movie and television screens.
Whether it be a classic Hitchcock mystery or a contemporary daytime soap opera, the dramatic interplay between characters in a make-believe world has strongly influenced my work as an artist.
My early work began as a series of black and white sumi ink paintings that were inspired by film stills from my vast collection of videos from the 30's and 40's. As time went on, I continued to be fascinated with the film stills, yet wanted my work to have a more personal connection to what was happening on the other side of the screen. That's when I replaced my paintbrush with a camera.
From that moment on, my intent was for viewers to see my photographs as a series of dramatic vignettes unfolding before their eyes.
The work is layered by the incorporation of a text over the photograph. The text, often not a literal interpretation of the scene, gives the image a sometimes-ironic twist, allowing viewers to come to their own conclusions about the action observed.
The title of this dramatic series "Between Heaven and Hell" refers to a place referred to in doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church as Purgatory, a temporary station where departed souls strive to atone for forgiven sins; sometimes successfully, sometimes not, and prepare themselves for heaven. In my photographs, the viewer is given the opportunity to witness the various stages of the characters' time in this transitory place.
The series, “Until Soon”, tells the story of two men whose chance encounter lead them to discover they are on the same emotional and spiritual journey. A journey that is (ironically) separated by both time and distance. The title, “Until Soon” refers to a statement that is less finite (and formal) than “Goodbye” and leaves the door open for possibilities yet to come. Will this strong connection between these two men lead to something more than just a casual friendship?
As in my previous series, the photographs are layered with the incorporation of text. In this latest work, the text is actually handwritten by the individual characters allowing the viewers to hear their “inner voices”. This combination of text and visual imagery is designed to help the viewer come to their own conclusions about the action observed.
My series, "Coupling" is a spin-off of my earlier series “Between Heaven and Hell”. In this new series, our protagonist is not only dealing with the aftermath of the breakup of the relationship with the love of his life, but also the unexpected arrival of a gift – two rocking chairs. What will he do with these items that have played a role in conversations from the past as well as nightmares in the present?
The "actors" who portray the characters in these semi-autobiographical series are people who have played an important role in my life. Through these photographs. the viewer is able to get a glimpse into various scenes of my life.