Artist's Statement

I am interested in the conventions of photography and the suspension of a moment in time. Inspired by the permanent and yet dynamic character of the ocean, I photograph the interaction between the ocean and light. Light is transitory and I prefer the warm afternoon light of Southern California autumns and the holiday lights of winter. Each affects the water with subtle nuances of color and form, which creates abstract light paintings. By creating images of fleeting moments where details of color and texture blur, I extend these occurrences beyond their fractional-second lifetimes making them more than transient moments.

My love of surfing inspired this process. Taking photographs of a surfer's quick movements to adjust to changes in the wave illustrates the ever-changing power and beauty of the ocean. The human element, the surfer, in these images reflect the awe, focus, commitment and joy of engaging in the sport.

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