“Be Brave,” he would whisper over my shoulder when I was hard at work on a painting in his studio. I would look up in confusion into his smirking face. “You like to play it safe,” he would claim as he stole the brush from my hand and swiped several deft strokes across my canvas. Managing to create the look in moments that I had been striving for for the past hour. This man of 90 something odd years taught me so much more than how to drop paint onto a canvas.
If I listed photography as my job, I would list Art as my hobby. Now everyone knows how passionate I am about photography, (I certainly talk enough about it) but a lesser known fact is that painting, drawing, or getting elbow deep in charcoal, is what I would call my “Quiet Space.” It’s that thing I do that gets me out of my own head and takes me another place for a couple hours. I completely lose track of time and when I slowly come back out of my art haze I’m exhausted, but somehow my creativity is refreshed. Over the years I have learned to translate my love of art and art history into my photography. Flipping through some of my favorite past projects and shoots you can see the influences that some famous artist may have had on my work as a photographer.