When I began participating in artist shows, I found I needed an artist’s statement. Last fall I wrote one. I posted it on my website under one of the tabs, labeled it as such, and have no idea whether anyone reads it.
My photography is driven by this statement naturally. I do not set out with a blog topic in mind and then shoot photos to accompany it, but I do subconsciously follow the words in my artist statement.
Here is my artist statement:
“My focus has always been on the natural world and its beauty whether it be a dragonfly, flower, frog, or tree bark.
When viewing our world, I look for how people and architectural structures fit into it now and in the past. Do they coexist with their natural surroundings or look out of place?
To that end, what compels me to take a photo is, not only our natural world, but the history we created within it, thus combining my two loves of nature and history. It is my intention that my photographs of landscapes and architecture, as well as close ups of nature and historical artifacts, give us a sense of the world around us.
As a photographer and naturalist, I continually search for the obscure, as well as the obvious, as I believe without the two we do not get the full picture of our surroundings and its history.”
It is fitting that these photos, which do not really relate to each other, match nicely with my artist statement. “Solitude I” and “Tea Garden” were taken at Hillwood Museum in Washington DC which I blogged about last month.
“Cabin in the Woods” is located at the Brookside Nature Center. It is the 1870’s Homestead of Thomas Harper.
Check out some new photos under the tab above “Recent Photos” too. Enjoy and thank you for supporting my work!