I practice mindful photography. I focus on being as fully present and aware as possible in each moment. Then I let the images pull me through the lens. Living in Key Largo, FL and the mountains of North Carolina, as well as some traveling, all provide me with a wealth of experience that becomes the foundation of my photography practice. I set out to create images that capture not only what I see, but also the variety of emotions evoked by experiential moments which speak to me. Hopefully, the viewer can explore the emotional resonances that may arise during the encounter with one of my images. My work is more about the process of creating images, than the subject matter. The subjects range from landscapes and seascapes, to macro images, from images of nature, to abstract and impressionistic images, from portraits of my dogs to portraits of strangers and street photography. Sometimes the images stand alone. Sometimes I combine a group of images together to form a visual poem, without words.
I have practiced photography for years, learning through independent study. Many mentors, colleagues, books, and workshop experiences have contributed to my education. I also have a Ph.D. and M.A. in clinical psychology, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, and a background in neuroscience. I recently retired from 40 years of practicing clinical psychology. I had a private practice, working with adults and children, as well as teaching clinical skills. Years of paying attention to the natural and human environment, as well as honing my own psychological insights about and awareness of emotions and motivations, inform my photography practice, coloring it with a unique perspective. I trained to become a mindfulness meditation teacher with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli, from the Center for Mindfulness, U. Mass Medical School. My background in mindfulness meditation also informs my photography practice.
My images have been purchased privately, shown (and awarded) in juried gallery exhibits in Florida and New York, used on websites, displayed at the public aquarium in Lyons, France, used on the Environmental Defense Fund website, published in a Florida Audubon calendar, published in Schmap for Fairchild Tropical Gardens, Miami, and have won an award in the "Birds in Nature Art Show", Key Largo, FL (2017), as well as taken first place in digital art in the 2017 and 2018 annual art shows of the Art Guild of the Purple Isles, Islamorada, FL. "Fall Dahlia" won "People's Choice Award" at the Garden Center show of the Art Guild. One of my visual poem projects, ”Journey of the Heart”, was published in HealthEssentials, an online publication of the Cleveland Clinic. https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2012/09/images-of-healing/.
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Contact me if you wish to have any images customized. Sometimes colors can be changed, etc. Most images can be printed on paper, metal, or canvas in a variety of sizes. If you have seen an image of mine on Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, or elsewhere that you wish to have, simply contact me with your request, and I will upload it here so that you can purchase it. You can also contact me and request that I custom print and sign an image for you.