The spark started as a child. I loved visiting my grandmother and helping at her downtown store so much that I fell in love with the energy of urban life. It inspired me to make these blocks of her home town. Little did I know that it would inform my artwork 30 years later. In that time I got a fine art degree, worked at Polaroid, and worked 12 years in graphic design…eventually to rediscover my passion in capturing vast urban landscapes into one tangible image.
I use a multi-disciplinary approach using photography, design, and illustration to turn urban landscapes into fantastical images filled with meaning and nostalgia. I feel urban landscape reflects community culture which is something we all share. My art celebrates the unifying connections held by the landmarks, buildings, and vistas of our cities that unite us.
My art cannot exist without exploration. Camera in hand, I find my inspiration simply by walking. I had an impressionable experience as a child, running my first solo errand for my grandmother, and simultaneously experiencing the world at my own pace. In this moment, I learned to appreciate just how intricate and detailed our urban communities are: architecture, signage, historical landmarks…they all represent a larger narrative of culture.
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Capturing the Spirit of Community