Mixed Media B&W Photography
I was born into a family rooted deep in traditional values and heritage, who encouraged me at an early age to follow my dreams. I realized that I was happiest when I was creating something and this creative drive has continued throughout my life as I explored different mediums of oil, glass, and eventually film. Raised along the coastal plains of the deep south, I eventually settled in Nashville, TN. Over the past ten years, I have experimented with a variety of photographic styles, including traditional landscapes, soft impressionistic images, and abstracts.
My fine art photographs explore movement and merging layers to produce soft impressionistic images. The traditional landscapes offer visual depth through high contrast. And my abstracts focus on the tonal qualities of light on curved forms and intersecting planes.
More recently, I have begun to experiment with photographic transfers to wood panels in order to gain increased texture and substance in my art. My current works draw on the heritage that is instilled in me, and focuses on the culture that reminds me of my roots. This subject matter works perfectly with the transfer techniques, resulting in distressed images with creased lines that are reminiscent of a favorite photograph folded and kept close in a pocket.
The mixed media panels originate using the same techniques as the Fine Art Prints. The image is produced using Epson Ultrachrome inks and Epson papers in order to increase fade resistance properties. The image is then applied to 1 1/2 – 2 inch cradled wood panels that are prepped appropriately to prevent discoloration. After the transfer is completed, the finished panel is topped with acrylic varnish.