I"m a fisherman with a camera, and a photographer with a fishing pole. I am most happy when I'm out in the stream with a clear and gentle current tugging at my legs, and a succession of shoals and pools ahead, all to be carefully and lovingly probed with lure and lens.
I'll say a little about the waterways represented here:
Little River is a 60-mile river in Tennessee which drains a 380-square-mile area containing some of the most spectacular scenery in the southeastern United States. The first 18 miles of the river are all located within the borders of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The Duck River, 284 miles long, is the longest river located entirely within the U.S. state of Tennessee. Free flowing for most of its length, the Duck River is home to over 50 species of freshwater mussels and 151 species of fish, making it the most biologically diverse river in North America.
The Little Red River flows 102 miles from its source in the Central Arkansas hills to the White River. It was dammed in 1960, forming Greer's Ferry Lake. Below the dam, the river is cold, and a hatchery keeps the trout population healthy.
Big Creek is a tributary of the Little Red. It's my favorite place to fish and photograph, as it's fairly wild and wooded, with high bluffs along the western bank. The Big Creek Natural Area, east of the town of Wilburn, is a beautiful bit of wilderness.
Please check out 'Miscellaneous'. It isn't a large gallery, but it's where I've posted a few of my paintings, which can be printed on canvas or watercolor paper, and a few more photographs of a beautiful natural lake in eastern Arkansas, a few miles from the Mississippi River.
I made what I call my Quangju Photo Essay during a three year stint teaching English to high school and college kids in Quangju, ROK. I was fascinated by the older neighborhoods of the city. They are riddled with paths and narrow alleys and walls with iron gates. On the weekends, after having a few beers with fellow expats and locals, I'd head out with camera and tripod. I made long exposures by streetlight. I very rarely saw anyone else in those early morning hours, but I felt very strongly, as I worked, the presence of those who had walked these pathways in their daily lives, in times long past.
What I call my 'Metascapes' have been made in a round-about way. The process starts out with satellite photographs on Google Earth, combined with radar altitude measurements, to make a three dimensional digital facsimile of the surface of the Earth. When I see a topographical setting that interests me, I take a screen grab on my computer, print it, and make the painting from the printout. The printout is my reference for the painting, and the point of view is always from elevation.
All of these scenes have cloud formations that I've incorporated into each painting, since with Google Earth, there is no atmospheric imagery.
I earned an MFA in Visual Journalism in 1988 at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. I'd very much enjoy interacting with you over an image. I'll add that I'm a master framer as well as an artist, and can advise you throughout the process of getting the picture on your wall properly, if need be.
I'm also a musician, and have my own channel on Youtube. I've recorded covers of folk songs, a few original songs, and around sixty hymns dating from the 17th to the early 20th centuries. https://www.youtube.com/user/holyworrier/videos
I've been making art and taking photographs since I can remember. It runs in my family. In high school, I was encouraged by my art teacher, and later my college and post-grad art teachers were a big influence on me, creatively speaking.
I'm familiar with many techniques of image making. I've made watercolors, oil and oil stick paintings, engravings, erasure drawings and more. The most important aspect of image making, to me, is composition. The balance of the picture.
At the School of Visual Arts in NYC, where I earned an MFA, I and a fellow student were awarded the top prize in our graduating class, which took me by complete surprise when the awards were announced during the commencement ceremony at Lincoln Center.
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