My Artistic Process      
  A non-technical explanation of how my art is created: This is a general overview and not necessarily how each and every piece is created. After all, I am an artist and sometimes I make it up as I go.

First and foremost, most all of my work is photographic in its origin. Though sometimes I paint on top of a photographic image, most of my work is, at heart, photography. It begins with planning each shot. I need to think through the whole process before I ever shoot an image. What's the mood, what's important, what am I trying to say? This gives me the opportunity to capture all the angles, exposures and elements that I need for the final work. These days, I shoot everything digitally. My artistic shoots are pretty much like any other commercial photography experience with lighting, props, locations and many, many exposures.

Later back at my computer, there's lots of sorting and rough layering just to see if my artistic plans and thoughts are possible. Most of the work is done in the latest versions of Adobe’s Creative Suite software along with several custom plug-ins (options) for these programs. Images are broken apart and layered into others, colors are pushed to their limits or completely de-saturated. I move elements around and create new ones from parts of others. I "draw" on the computer; sometimes it's an outline of the main subject, a swirl in a wine glass or strokes across the background. These items are then distorted even more and layered back into the main image. This is where I feel the real mood and intensity of the artwork comes out. Even my images that seem to be straightforward often have a great deal of manipulation.

After many hours of this tweaking, I get tired of looking at the computer screen, and I make a "working" print which is roughly a 11 x 14" giclee print on canvas. This gives me something to touch and carry around and look at from a distance or in different light. Then, later, sometimes the next day, sometimes many days or weeks later, I go back to the computer and make changes. Generally, it takes four to eight working prints before I come up with a final version.

Then comes the full size giclee printed on canvas! This part of the process is just like that of any other traditional painter or artist. The digital file is printed on a special large–format archival printer. Painters who have limited edition programs (like mine) actually have the extra step of having to have their art photographed to create the digital file, which is then printed. For me there is no digital interpertation of the orginal art, the giclees are not less or weaker than the orginal. After they are printed, my giclees are sealed with a protective varnish for extra long life and durability.

My end result is something I hope entices you to feel the moment as I felt it artistically when creating the work. Unlike many contemporary, digital artists, I'm not trying to make you say "wow that's cool computer work," or "a beautiful picture." I strive for the original technique to not be obvious, its not a painting, its not a photo–just a pleasing blend of technologies used to create a unique piece of art for you to enjoy.