Where do you find inspiration?
My inspirations vary from portfolio to portfolio. My current project is inspired by objects that have had significance in my life composed with the backside of a human subject. Prior inspirations have ranged from PEZ dispensers, to forest paths as well as architecture and gem stones.
What makes a house a home?
My definition of a home is a place where one feels welcomed and is surrounded by loved ones. I also always appreciate a cozy corner filled with textiles and warm sunshine as well as a gallery wall of art or family photos.
Favorite vacation spot?
The forests of the Adirondacks.
Favorite design book?
I recently read the fascinating history of chinoiserie entitled Dragons & Pagodas: A Celebration of Chinoiserie by Aldous Bertram. I finished it in one sitting not even noticing the passing of the sun into darkness; highly recommend for those interested in this subject.
Best housewarming gift?
A box of my photography notecards.
One that starts with dessert.
Favorite scent for the home?
Manuel Canovas’ Palais d’ Ete candle. It’s not overwhelming and offers the right amount of fragrance in a room.
The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam as it houses some of my favorite Master painters.
Rembrandt without a doubt as his use of light and shadow has a delicacy that I never tire of studying.
How has your craft changed or developed over the course of your career?
Over the years I have become more ensconced in adding color and Color Theory into my work. The conjuring of emotions that can be created using different hues alongside one another is empowering. Many of my works are sparse in subject so I need to be particular how I work with tonal values, saturated hues and negative space.
What is your favorite subject to photograph?
I am a “series based” photographer for the very reason that I thrive on photographing a wide variety of subjects. I love the intimacy & connection of portraiture, and also appreciate the alone time of Still Life photography. Landscape and architectural studies also draw me in as it’s a change of pace from my studio work. Creating concept driven bodies of work where I get to research different themes gets me excited to focus my attention on something new.
Any tips for budding photographers?
Learn how to work with light and shadow. The better you understand the mechanics and subtle nuances, the greater your ability in building what you want with precision. The feeling of being able to create what is in your mind, because you know how to work your equipment is a necessity in my opinion.