Sunday, March 22, 2015

Looking ahead

In the profile section of my blog, it reads: “I've been a photographer for 25 years now and I've decided to really shake things up.”

That was back in 2008 and a lot has changed since that time. I have been able to create work that I am proud of and to say that I did it in my own way. I am a point in my work where I feel the need for change once again.

I truly believe that my best work is yet come. A new set of portraits are in the works and I can't say much except they will be deeply personal and loaded with meaning.

Stay tuned....

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Ticket to Ride

Here we have Bernie, short for Bernice who actually rides a skateboard. When I heard about this, Her owner, Rachel showed me a video. I knew then that we had to do this.

There are a couple of things that differentiate this portrait from others that I have done. First, the skateboard and skate park bring things in to more of a modern age than what I usually depict in my work. Secondly, it is my first portrait with random subjects in the background. I had this in mind because I knew I need them to add support to the overall context.

I always have some trepidation when making decisions like this but it is important for me to always be pushing my boundaries,  Just like Bernie did here.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Our Newest Addition

This is a portrait of our newest cat Bowey. I wanted some thing like "Henry" from a few years ago, but for a very different reason.....

Introducing a new pet into your home can be complicated to say the least. Our other cat of many years, Tooty did not take well to the new arrival. We ended had to keep them separate quite a few weeks and slowly reintroduce them. There were many moments of uncertainty. but it's much better now

Bowey's portrait symbolizes the room where she has stayed, the door being finally opened and better days ahead.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Ms. Matilda, a portrait of serenity... sort of.

Matilda, a recent portrait that I have completed is a good example of what our cat sessions are like. I consult with my clients about their wishes and expectations for their final portrait and do my best to achieve their desired result. 

Sometimes, what we want our subject to do and what they want to do are 2 different things. We have them posed just so, and they are having no part of it.  Contrary to popular belief, not all of my subjects sit still and behave 100% of the time. It can be chaotic at times, but it only adds to the back story and lore of how the final portrait was made.  

Even though this the hardest part of the process, it is the most rewarding. As you can see with the final result, it was well worth the challenge. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Legs the Rabbit

This is the latest installment in my painterly animals series. I have been doing portraits in this style for 6 years years now and the act creating them never grows old. 

In looking at some earlier images that I have created, I think that they hold up because I was always true to myself and what I wanted out of my subjects. To see more portraits, please visit my site.

Monday, May 5, 2014

My work featured in "On Flora & Fauna" at The Artist's House Gallery

Recently, I was approached by Tony Morinelli, Director of Artist's House Gallery in Phila., PA.
He was interested in showing my work and wanted to know about my process. I was intrigued that a gallery that has shown painting and sculpture almost exclusively wanted to include my portraits.

Being the show's only photographer, I was an outlier, but I felt very much in good company. The viewers were very interested in my process, but the subjects were the stars, regardless of  the medium.

I have such a deep respect for painting and all of the time and craftsmanship that goes into it. It's an honor to have photography shown among paintings and have the collective beauty and style be the main focus.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Claiming Our Independents

A few months ago, my wife Ashley and two close friends, Jennifer & Tiffica dreamt about opening up their own gift shop/ gallery that represented Philadelphia artists & makers exclusively. Thus, Philadelphia Independents was born.

The grand opening was on Friday May 2, as part of First Friday in Philadelphia. As you can see, it was a success.
I am so proud of these three ladies and what they have been able to accomplish in such a short period of time. I am also lucky enough to have my bird illustration represented as well.
I wish them the best of luck and I am so glad to be a part of this exciting new chapter in our lives!