Tinted Claret

This work was done from a photo of a Tetrapanax Leaf, also known as Rice Paper Plant. I worked with layers and filters to arrive at the final piece that you see below. I tried to capture the color of the sky at the time with both the clouds as well as the slightly greyed, robin’s egg blue shade and there was some interesting red/claret marks on the leaf that I wanted to keep in tact as it added a depth to the piece that I was hoping for.

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Balance Of Power

This piece was created from a series of experiments with layering various works created from multiple flower images. I wanted to create something otherworldly and unique and with this piece I am getting closer. I stopped at this variation as I liked the complexity of primary colors and shades between. It’s a step towards a new direction and I learned a great deal from the experiments leading up to this work.

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Pauper No Longer

This piece was created from a photo of a canna lily blossom in our garden. I enjoy manipulating photos to the point where they become something quite different from what they started and take on an almost surreal beauty, with strong opportunities for pareidolia, a psychological phenomenon that causes people to see patterns in a random stimulus. This often leads to people assigning human characteristics to objects.

Flamingo Experiments

These works were created from a photo of a flamingo that was nestled in it’s own feathers. It is not a photo that I took, it is one that I found on a site called Pexels, that has royalty free photos that are shared by photographers all over the world, this is one was by Cesar Aguilar. Many only require a credit and many don’t even require that as long as the image is not used as is for commercial purposes, but most can be used if they are altered. I didn’t have access to any flamingos and dreamt of using a photo of one for an series and that is how this series came about.

Hybrid - Adam | Transitioning

Gender dysphoria is a condition where a person experiences discomfort or distress because there's a mismatch between their biological sex and gender identity. It's sometimes known as gender identity disorder (GID), gender incongruence or transgenderism. I cannot imagine the frustration and torment of feeling as though my body doesn’t match the gender that I associate with. The formidable strength of self that must be present for a person to transition from one gender to one that aligns with their heart and mind was the impetus for this piece.

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Mushroom Quasar Series

This work was created from a photo of mushrooms that had some very intricate texture and pattern. I thought that applying the layering and filtering that I work with that it could create some interesting pareidolia and unusual interest. The pareidolia, for me on these works, is limited, but the textures were much better than anticipated and the colors produced from the techniques married well with one another.

Chrysanthemum Series

This short series was all created from a photo of a fallen green chrysanthemum blossom from an arrangement we had. It was an experimentation in many ways to see what colors that I could pull out from layering and filtering from a single color flower.