it a painting or is it a photograph? The answer is both and neither.
Elements of both disciplines are merged together using digital tools
to form a totally new way of creating art. The tools I use are a digital
SLR camera, computer, Adobe PhotoShop, digitizing tablet and stylus,
and a modified Roland Symphony12 color printer.
The first step is taking photos. I choose my subjects based on geometries
that provide potential for rhythm and harmony. Each piece of my art
is a composite of multiple photos and additional elements that I create
directly in the computer. The second step is orchestrating all of the
gathered elements; deciding which elements to include and where they
should be placed on the digital canvas. Once all of the pieces are in
place, it's time to make them work together. I transform all of the
pieces individually, changing their size, orientation, color, shadows,
highlights - everything - until they form a cohesive and lyrical composition.
the composition structured, the painting is now ready to begin. First
I break down the photographic qualities of the image and reduce it to
very smooth areas of color. Next, using a combination of different digital
paintbrushes, I begin to reshape those areas back into focus, changing
every line, every curve, every detail, making them say exactly what
I want them to say, creating a perfect balance and harmony among all
of the elements in the artwork.
the art is printed on canvas using archival pigmented ink, varnished,
and stretched. All of the images are presented as signed and numbered