Photos Deconstructed and Reassembled
I have always been an oil painter, but a few years ago I added Photoshop to my tool box. Because I have innumerable photos stored away, Photoshop allows me to use these photos in parts and pieces to create new visual realities. When I began to scan objects and other images, the process became a virtual sand tray for expressing my own personal view of the world.
Dreams and subconscious expression have been of interest to me all my life. The personal is just a doorway to the universal. Photoshop has allowed me to amplify experiences from our ever-complicated world, and interpret those experiences thru the filter of the subconscious in a personally meaningful way. With the great archival inks and papers available, I can create a lasting image that rivals paint on canvas.
I was born in Germany, immigrated to the US and lived in the Chicago area before moving to California. I received a BFA from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and an MS from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. I had been an oil painter for many years before discovering the rich and varied opportunities of digital painting. While a real job in print production slowed down my pursuit of art, it allowed me to collect images that were waiting for Photoshop treatment. I live, paint and Photoshop in northern California with my partner of 38 years along with two lively Affenpinschers.