The faces and patterns of nature inspire me. I am surrounded by beautiful orchids, precious California native plants and glorious roses, and my house bustles with turtles and cats. A constant stream of butterflies, hummingbirds and squirrels visit my bucolic backyard.
I call my images "fauxtographics" to reflect the fact that I manipulate many of my photos for a more artistic than realistic effect. In the darkroom I used alternative processes like multiple exposure, solarization and infrared printing. I now revel in the limitless ways to render designs from my photos with graphics software, and in choosing which of the wide range of materials works best for an image. One of my favorite formats is the kaleidoscope. Finding the best image, or portion of an image, to twirl back and forth into a new pattern is thrilling. An offshoot of kaleidoscopes is mandala images, which are circular patterns designed to represent life and its different forms.
I teach locally in the East Bay San Francisco area, and also online at http://Craftedu.com