When it comes to my art I am an explorer. Photography was first for me in the 1950's as it opened ways of seeing and picture making that I had not experienced before. Then in the 1980’s as the result of a Cornell grant I was able to get then state of the art computer equipment and I started exploring computer software looking for ways to make art using this new technology. Over the years computers and software have evolved in power and capabilities and my work as an artist has responded.
In 2004 I got my first iPhone and began using it as a camera which opened up a new way to capture images as my iPhone is always with me while my more sophisticated DSLR camera was not. However these first phone images were small and somewhat limited even though on the plus side I had more image grabbing opportunities.
A few years ago the iPhone suddenly leaped forward in capability and I also became aware that there were loads of apps for it. That started another new exploration using new apps to transform images into something not previously seen. Apps are now becoming available in a constant flow and offer extraordinarily picture possibilities, and I look for new ones every day.
Most galleries here show my new ways of seeing and picturing. Sometimes I may use multiple apps transforming an iPhone grabbed image into something not previously seen, and even something I could not have imagined. And often I don’t know what I will get when I start even though I do have some favorite apps and transformations that I prefer. Like many other artists I know when I see it that it is right and that I am done.
Supporting these current works are my 50 years as an artist and early years as an architect in California which provided me with strong design and composition training. But also recently I have been using apps that adds layers of textures which hearken back to my early years in photography where images of pealing paint and weathered textures most often caught my attention as photographs. I suppose one could say that weathered texturing is for me a symbol, an awareness that life is about changes and continuing ongoing movement from something new to something old and back again, an ongoing never ending cycle.