Nature provides the perfect model of beauty, according to Plato and Socrates. In the classical period, something was considered beautiful because it existed in nature; art was secondary. In the 18th Century, the German philosopher Johann Joachim Winckelmann argued against the idea that art imitates life, believing that qualities superior to nature are found in art, specifically, ideal beauty, and "brain-born images". Neoclassical thought represented that art need not serve any end other than its own existence. For me, beauty is an ideal, nature is real, and art comes from the brain.
I take pictures in nature, finding shifting, disparate, and beautiful landscapes. I develop my pictures of trees, dirt, grass, snow, rain, sun, and sky, using a subtle palette of grays and blacks. I consider history, geography, ambiguity, and other less tangible features of a psychological and emotional nature essential elements in these pictures. The beauty inherent in nature is sometimes obvious and superficial, and often taken for granted. I want to keep the viewer engaged past the surface, beyond what is simply beautiful, and impart a deep experience of nature.
Each print is a unique piece of a single moment. For that reason, no picture is printed more than once; there are no editions.