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I have been cultivating the art of abstracting images from nature for over 20 years. My skills are largely self-taught through experimentation, discussions with other photographers and the continual reading of technical books on photographic methods that interest me. My photographic eye is uniquely my own without any particular mentor or teacher. My association with the Western Photographic Circle since 1987 has given me significant motivation in the pursuit of technical excellence in photographic art through a monthly peer review of prints.
At present, the essence of much of my work is in the search for the manifestation of the strong spiritual presence which pervades the land. For me, this quality is very strong when in the midst of the ancient giant forests. The aura and spiritual strength of these trees becomes almost overpowering. Visually, the spiritual qualities of trees such as the yellow cedar of Meares Island are subtle, but still manage to mesh with the image to produce a feeling of strength and wisdom. Other observers have their own interpretations based on their own experience. My images portray feelings and moods that are not readily translatable into words.
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