Yesterdays Equal Today
Most people draw inspiration from many sources. Before I had an even remote interest in photography I was pursing a life in painting and xerox art. Years later I find direct links to those times appearing in my work, and it, in an almost reverse-inspiration, rekindles an interest in what got me to this point so far. When I was an 18 year old art school student, a woman in class introduced me to the work of Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, and Franz Kline. From all our conversations I started to become aware of spirituality in non-religious art. Ironically, that was the same year I began to study commercial art. Though the two seemed to be about as opposite as it gets, the orderly, accessible, polished practicality of commercial art also found its way to what I eventually ended up producing on a daily basis. But my exposure to the abstract expressionists began an exploration of early modern art, going back to the De Stijl movement and Cubism, and inevitably an observation of how it influences much of my photography today. Though the beautiful work of modern photographers like Helene Binet, Fernando Guerra, Bill Timmerman, Tim Griffith and Iwan Baan inspire and define the bar to me daily, painters also find their way into my representation of a clients’ work with a great deal of subconscious tribute from my end, and authority from theirs. They offer compositional relief to much of the highly perspective-based views of architecture.