Art is metaphor. Or, as Aristotle wrote, “The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.”
Whether I’m telling a story verbally or visually, I use metaphor. Just ask anyone who’s ever had a conversation with me!
A little background may help. I grew up with and still struggle with Tourette Syndrome and other co-morbid disorders, but I wasn’t diagnosed until I was about 20. Needless to say the educational system passed me by. Not knowing what I “had” growing up I had to teach myself how to learn. I relied on what I could see and hear, as words on a page didn’t mean much. That’s why a visual world was then, and is now, so important to me.
How does that apply to my artwork today? Reflecting again on Aristotle’s words about outward appearance and inward significance, I use photography as the medium to share my stories and worldview. The metaphors found in my work come from a life that is continually being transformed by the values and principles I learned growing up to the sights, sounds, and experiences of today.
My subject matter is diverse with an emphasis on simple compositions found around me in everyday life. As you wander through my work, I encourage you to look beyond the aesthetics and find your own inward significance. And, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out. I’d love to hear what you see.
I’ve exhibited nationally and internationally while receiving various awards. I am available for presentations, meet the artist discussions, workshops, and other appropriate venues.
May you be blessed, enriched, and see yourself as significant.