During the summer of 2016 I had very serious spinal fusion surgery which kept me off my feet for about 4 months and recovering fully for about a year. That summer, directly following our first monsoon of the season, these bugs began their reign of terror; coming after me given any chance, seemingly knowing I couldn't run away. My hair became their favorite resting place while I flailed frantically. I'm well aware they're harmless, but somewhat like PigPen of the popular cartoon "Peanuts", I seem to be much more attractive to these bugs than the average person. The summer of 2017 was no different, aside from my regained strength and ability to run, duck, jump and hide. This particular fig beetle woke me up one morning but slamming himself into my bedroom window directly above my head repeatedly until he knocked himself out. When I left for work in the morning, there he was. So I photographed him, flipped him over and photographed him again and now here he is, drawn on a wood panel with Prismacolor pencils. As much as I am aware these bugs have a laugh at my expense summer after summer, they are quite beautiful as long as they're not flying at my face. My ideas come from everyday things that I see. I'm a big fan of photography and composition, so it's really important that my work has strong compositional elements as well as a photographic quality. I'm always impressed at the capability of the human hand, so photo-realism is the way I challenge myself. My biggest goal is to trick the viewer into believing they're viewing a photograph. Objects that take on the colors of their surroundings are my favorite subjects: cars, chrome, glass, water and metals are some of the materials I love to challenge myself to reproduce, but I also draw people, pets etc. on commission, Details, precision, and hyper-realism are my specialty.
I do commissioned pieces quite often, but nothing makes me happier than seeking out my own inspiration through my photography, focusing on color, light, reflections, glass, portraits, and other challenging subjects.
Prismacolor and Wood