FOCAL POINT surveys the landscape of emerging photographers and selects three talented, driven, and noteworthy artists to highlight each quarter. Each FOCAL POINT photographer receives mentoring from Crusade for Art to think about their work, their target audience, and how to best engage them. In this interview series, every FOCAL POINT photographer gets asked the same three questions, and their answers become a jumping off point for the mentorship.
Describe the arc of your photography career so far.
I had been a painter and sometimes mixed media artist for over 20 years prior to focusing on photography. I had always had a keen interest in photography and had occasionally toyed with a few photographic projects over the years. It was around 2009 that I first began taking photography seriously as my medium of choice. I found that working with the camera and exploring my process from that fresh vantage point very satisfying and my work has flourished since I committed to the camera. Cleary one can see the influence of painting in much of my work. Selections of my work from this ongoing series Evanescence were first exhibited in the Danforth Museum’s New England Photography biennial as well as the Griffin Museum of Photography’s national juried show, and I’ve been busy exhibiting parts of this project ever since. Most recently works have appeared at the Photo Center North West in Seattle as well as the Fort Wayne Museum of Art’s national contemporary photography exhibition.
If you were exactly where you wanted to be in your fine art photography career, what would that look like?
This is hard to answer. I’m enormously satisfied with the way things are going in my fine art photography career at this point. Participating in several high profile exhibitions in the Boston area and around the nation, I just couldn’t be happier. The public and academics in the arts are discussing the works, studying the works, enjoying the works, and the dialogue is getting stronger. I’m encouraged by all of the kind support. To say exactly what my career would look like I might only say that if I can continue to produce and share the works at this level, and even a higher level, I’ll continue to feel satisfied in my participation in the creative process.
What are your goals for 2016?
2016 will be a good year. I have a solo exhibition planned for the spring at the Danforth Museum of Art in MA, which will incorporate over 40 works including very large format prints. Additionally I have a book in the works for selected pieces from two series, and I’m looking forward to continuing my work on not only the Evanescence series but several other projects where I’m stepping out of my box and dabbling in street, landscape and architectural photography.