I recently heard an actor / director during an interview explain why he edited his own films. He said that after directing a few films he began to edit so that he could tell a version of the story that he envisioned one frame at a time. I was struck by that interchange because when I initially decided to produce and sell prints of my art I interviewed professional photographers and selected a very talented woman to shoot the pictures; we worked together for a number of years and she was very generous with her time and interest in supporting my goals. When I finally reached a point that I wanted to take more control of the process so that I could take all of the ideas that I had in my head and push them to their limits, she generously guided me in selecting all of the gear that I now have in my studio. Trust me, I have made a lot of mistakes but I have also experienced plenty of happy accidents that in combination have allowed me to appreciate and explore more ideas than I thought possible. While it is true that I could reproduce my art more efficiently if I continued to work with the professional photographer (I shoot between 900 - 1,000 photos of each work of art), but then I wouldn’t have the opportunity to share with you the unique outcomes that I believe add another layer to the original artwork’s story and your viewing experience. I have plenty of ideas for future photographic pieces that will build on my current collection (along with plans for new art that will foster derivative photographic works) – I hope you will enjoy watching them come to fruition!
In preparation for an upcoming show I had some of my favorite pieces created on metal–you know that metal in a sheer matte finish is one of my favorite mediums. I also really like the way the piece hangs on the wall. The mount that is affixed to the back of the metal panel allows the piece to look as if it is suspended in mid-air. The ethereal element that this type of hanging creates is another feature for the art that you cannot experience when the work is behind glass. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the complement that a beautiful custom matte and frame can impart on my art (as most of my art is presented in my studio), but in metal, the experience is very different. I’ve tried to capture some of what I’m describing for you in these images–see what you think. Feel free to contact me if you’d like to talk further about the art, the printing options, or to learn more about metal prints in general.
This piece is based on a magnificent sculpture by Stefano Maderno titled The Martyrdom of Saint Cecilia on view in the Church of Saint Cecilia, in the Trastevere neighborhood of Rome. The stunning marble piece is lifelike and, like Bernini’s works that came later, I almost expected this diminutive creature to rise from her slumber. Much like lightening in a bottle, I wished to capture the essence of that experience... she continues to inspire me every day.
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