Pen & Ink, Photography, Painting

“It wasn’t until the 2nd grade that we realized I was very nearsighted.

Once I started wearing glasses, I could really start seeing things from a distance.  My childhood was like one of my experimental paintings – I could see the paint at the end of my nose, but not the big picture… suddenly I could, and I had a lot of pent-up curiosity.  I wanted microscopes, telescopes, binoculars, spotting scopes, and I got them… I also got called ‘4-eyes’ a few times, but I didn’t mind.  All I had to do was take off my glasses to instantly remember how bad my eyes really were.  I would not have made it very far in ancient Sparta.  But, thanks to modern science and the Caterpillar benefits – won by the union – I got regular checkups and new glasses every year.

I began drawing, worked in pen-and-ink, and then began my experimental distance-viewing acrylics.  I studied photography, worked in 35mm color and B/W, had my own darkroom and print capabilities, transferred film to video, and was an early adopter of digital equipment.  For the last few years, my focus has been on photography in northern Michigan.”

Here are images from my portfolio, along with their backstories.