Early one morning I noticed a tree off the side of the road that was growing in the middle of a pond. It was so unusual that I stopped and starting photographing it. I seemed to be drawn to this isolated tree, and rephotographed it during different times of the day over the next couple of weeks. I finally captured the shot that I wanted and the conceptual image of a lonely tree came together.
After photographing this one tree, I began a series that I call "Isolation".
The photomontages in this gallery are all part of a body of my work called "Isolation". Over a period of time I will add to my collection until I complete approximately twelve images in each theme. Presently, I am working on five separate themes. They are Isolation,Together,Time, Dreamscapes and Abstract.
I find that my creative energy is more focused when I am working on a separate body of work. As you page through my website you'll find some galleries with a few pictures. This is because I haven't finished completing images for this body of work. I will add more photographs to this collection over time and as I am satisfied with what I have created,
A few of my images are not montages, but most of my images are manipulated with Photoshop and or Illustrator. This new emerging art form has inspired me and I plan to create many new images in the coming year.
Going To Glory
From this doorway of broken dreams and floors that are cracking beneath my feet, my boat awaits. It is there to take me to a new dream and a brighter horizon. My only challenge is to step through the doorway, jump into the water and start swimming toward the boat.
Sunset in Santa Cruz, California.
Wishing For Spring
A photographic montage of a young lady on a snowy day wishing for spring.
While visiting Costa Rica this lone water lilly sitting in a pond of green caught my attention. The lighting was perfect and everything about the lilly seemed flawless. It seemed like a perfect addition to my “Isolation” series of photographs.
This photograph is from a body of work called “Isolation”. It’s simplicity brings me back to a time when life was less chaotic.
Spooky House 1
While searching for a Ghost Town, we came across a very spooky house located on a dirt road in the middle of nowhere.The isolation of this old house fit in perfectly with my Isolation series.
No Hands Bridge
This photo montage of several photographs was inspired by an early morning hike across No Hands Bridge which is close to my home in Auburn, California. As with many of my photographs, I layer and blend colors and textures to create emotional impact.
Red Leaves On Water
This print is one in a series of photographs called "Together". I have always been intrigued by how geese and ducks fly in flocks and synchronize their every move and direction by the leader. Early one morning I spooked a large group of snow geese and they all flew up gracefully flapping their wings.
I stood quietly photographing them while they flew into the sky together. After they were gone the word “together” stuck in my mind. This led me to my new theme I call “Together”.
I love the way light reflects on water. I could almost spend the entire day just photographing these reflections. The images used to create this collage of photographs brings me back in time to the exact moment that I took them. Thus the name I chose “Reflections Through time” seems appropriate.
Reflections Through Time
Manifestation Of Color
The stalactites in this cave at Carlsbad Caverns lacked any bold colors. Embracing the use of color, I tried to avoid the more traditional approach and focused on the abstract.
A fusion of photography and computer manipulated images transforms these Aspen trees into abstract art.
A Journey Of Reflection
Abundance Of Balance
I started using scanned objects in my montages in 2013. I use a flatbed scanner to scan many different objects that I find. The large orange ball in this image is the bottom of a pottery vase.
A fusion of photography and scanned objects are used to create this collage photograph. I call it "Abundance Of Balance". The daily challenge of keeping ones life in balance is my inspiration for creating this image.
This montage is from my abstract series.The images were taken on my first voyage on a ship. I found the colors at night inside and outside of the ship more exciting than being on the ocean. I used special techniques to blend and layer several images to bring out the rich colors in each photograph.
Time Flying By
This Photo Montage is a continuation of my body of work about time. As I photographed a flock of birds speeding through the fast blowing wind I clicked the shutter and captured the moment. The birds are gone now, and I only have a memory of their flight through time.
Another part of this collage image is my fascination with how earth cracks. Without water to sustain it the cracked ground creates fascinating patterns that extend for miles. These abstract lines and textures are slowly formed over a long period of time.
Time Flying By
A Simpler Time
I embrace the digital age but sometimes grow weary of the hustle & bustle of our high technology society. This has led to a new series of photomontages that I call “A Simpler Time”
In this new series I start with a vintage photograph. Choosing the right antique photograph is the most important step in the entire process. I look for photos that I can relate to in some way, and an image that is strong enough to hold my attention throughout the entire creative process.
The next step is to scan the antique photo and select all the photographs that will be used in the scene. Many of my own images are used in this photomontage, and I scan small objects such as toy fish to also use in my photo. Creating these fantasy worlds can take several months to finish.
Enjoying The Day
While rummaging through some old photographs, many dating back into the 1800’s, I came across Angelique. This is the name I gave the girl in this intriguing portrait. I immediately knew that she would be the subject of my next photomontage.
After several weeks of searching, I found the perfect photographs to combine in my collage titled “Angelique”. The humming bird was photographed outside my kitchen window, the peacock from Daffodil Hill, California, and the background photograph I took on a road trip to Sutter Creek.
I then added a cloud mask from my large collection of cloud pictures to complete this photomontage.
Walls Of The Past
This photograph was taken in Pompeii, Italy. The ghost images in this collage were born close to this ancient city. Let me introduce them to you. They are my Father at age 13 at the lower left and my great Aunt and Uncles. I’ve created this piece from the many pictures I have of family. My motivation for this collage image was to connect the past with the present.
A Girl And Her Duck
At some time or another, we all develop a bond between ourselves and our pets. Whether your pet is a dog, cat, or a duck many of us develop emotional ties. After seeing a YouTube video about a girl in Maine who thought that she was the mother of her pet duck, I was moved to create this photomontage
I found a vintage photograph of a girl, she was beautifully set in a decorative golden frame. I thought long and hard about whether or not to include the frame in my photograph. I’m happy I did.
The background photograph of the windmills was taken during a recent trip to Holland. I photographed the duck waddling along a pond in Costa Rica.
A Stroll Through Time
Time seems to stroll by at our own perceived pace. Yet, there never seems to be enough time to get all the work done. Do we need more time or less work, I ask myself.
I began photographing clocks and watches of all shapes and sizes a few years ago. Since that time, I have created a series of photomontages that are near and dear to my heart. New ideas for photographs are continually flooding my mind, all of which seem to steal my time.
This montage belongs to my Dreamscape series. This is a photograph of a pirate ship off the coast of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. I photographed it from the balcony of the cruise ship that I was on. When I got back to my digital darkroom I let my imagination run wild and created what I call “Ghost Ship”.
Out Of My Head
While meandering down a side street of an old gold mining town, I came across a stone face sticking out of the ground. We moved past the stone head to find another and another. I became fascinated with the real likeness of the face and the way the light cast a shadow creating an eerie feeling. The giant culvert in the picture is another eerie place I found during a hike. It was a perfect match for the stone face.
Out Of My Head
This photograph was inspired by the juxtaposition of the beach chairs, the water and the jetty. It was photographed in Sorrento, Italy. It is part of my Abstract Collection.
Time Swept Away
As I pondered the question of how fast time goes by it is already Friday. One week has swept by like a fast rushing river carrying us to our destination.
The waters are sometimes turbulent but we get there soon enough. My fascination with how fast time goes by has led to the creations of this piece. It is another in my collection called "Time".
The time pieces in this photomontage were specifically selected for this image. The gold pocket watch was difficult to find. I had a clear image in my mind of what I wanted and I searched online for it. I finally bought a broken antique pocket watch that looked like it was in good condition to photograph.
Time Swept Away
I'm sure you've heard the urban phrase"Whatever floats your boat". Need I say more?
Time Is Running Out
This image actually belongs in two different bodies of work. It belongs in "Time" and it belongs in "Dreamscapes".
The idea for the photograph I call “Time” came during a dream one night. It was my inspiration for starting my Dreamscape body of work.
The concept of creating dreamscapes began during the British Petroleum Oil spill. As this disaster began to unfold my need to know more about it increased. Since every TV channel and news source covered this story there was not a shortage of information.
Sometimes too much information is not a good thing. My dreams began to erupt with fields of oil and colorful landscapes of transmission fluid. I began to ask myself, how can I turn these vivid dreams into photographs? Then one day a friend suggested that I create a collage photograph with a seagull in an oil slick. This started me down the road of creating photographs from my dreams.
As an artist I often think about where all my ideas come from. I have concluded that there are very few original ideas out there. We seem to be an accumulation of everything that we hear and see during our life time. While growing up one of the things that has stuck in my mind was a TV commercial with a talking cow named Elsie.
Another memorable moment was during college when I discovered the American painter Andrew Wyeth and one of his best-known paintings called “Christina’s World”. You might see some similarities to his work in my photomontage titled Elsie’s World.
This photomontage recreates my memory of the magical stories I read as a child. I reminisced about those wonderful fairy tales with their legends of nymphs and mystical spirits while creating this photomontage.
The photographs that created this collage were taken while traveling and were set up in my photo studio.
My hope is that this montage brings back the magical world of childhood.
In Greek mythology beautiful creatures called Sirens lured mariners with their enchanting music and voices causing them to ship wreck on the rocky coast. Their sweetalluring songs were deceptively dangerous.
Shadows In the Storm
In a recent trip to Tahiti there were many storms that we encountered. Rain in the distance streaked across the sky creating an erie feeling. Creatures of the sea became shadows of the deep. This photomontage expresses the excitement and emotion I felt photographing the sea from a rocking ship during a storm.
Your Wine Madam
Superimposed behind a photograph near Yosemite National Park, the ideal butler will serve your favorite wine while his trusted friend sleeps and collects tips.
As I travel I find many unusual things to photograph and use in my photomontage work.
This magical world that I created was put together from some of these photographs. I call it “Your Wine Madam”.
White Sands - New Mexico
Kauai - Hawaii
This is by far my favorite gallery.
My many dreams of flying inspired this conceptual photomontage.