As a self-taught digital artist, I thrive on interpreting my ideas about our world and other worlds beyond, mixing reality and mystery by using tools of the 21st century to create art. My work revolves around my love of Sci-fi stories, history, politics, science, and current events. While many of the landscapes appear to be photo-realistic, there are no photos used in creating the scenes. Among my greatest joys is the opportunity to create images that exist nowhere on this planet but within my own mind. By utilizing computer applications, I can emulate traditional art media and techniques. I am able to create textures and shapes and then assemble them into objects, skies, and terrains.
In May 2012 I added photography to my repertoire. Though I do not mix my photography with my digital art, I've found the subject matter parallels my imaginative digital art landscapes. Additionally, I have been capturing the devastation caused by factories outsourced to foreign shores. America's small towns are slowly declining as the Rust Belt continues to creep throughout middle America. Another favorite subject of mine is related to energy resources. Because I live in the Great Lakes Region, it's a relatively short drive to photograph windfarms, hydroelectric power plants, nuclear power plants, as well as coal fired power plants which dot the landscape. I've created many series of photographic essays covering the devastation of middle America in the pursuit of the almighty dollar; diverse houses of worship; bucolic settings and landscapes; and small town post offices, libraries, public structures that are in jeopardy of disappearing from the American scene.
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- Mendota, Illinois, United States