Life is a beautiful, brilliant and exquisitely vibrant Journey.
I've traveled around the world, photographing a smorgasbord of people, cultures and fascinating lives in over 50 countries. They have been showcased in art galleries and have been complimented about having a “National Geographic Quality”. It is very gratifying.
It's been great to be a photographer professionally capturing commercial products, architecture and the world on my camera for more than 30 years.
I have been painting on and off since childhood. But in the recent years, when my paintings exhibited so many little details, not unlike my photographs, I was surprised and slightly perturbed. I had the joy of capturing the essence and evoke an emotional response from my photographs, but to do this in a painting, now that was a new challenge. But something was definitely missing! I felt that my paintings were missing that dimension of the human experience. To attempt to capture that infinite range of diverse human emotions in painting and come up wanting, was painful.
It took a lot of introspection and self-awareness along with some sharp and non-joyous self-analysis to reach my 'aha' moment. One of my many epiphanies was that I had to adapt my photographer's eye for detail, merge it with my emotional artist's eye for feeling, to paint the moment and capture its essence in a way that satisfied my artistic desire and drew in the audience at the same time.
This challenge has transformed the way I paint and photograph today. I try to abstract shapes, color, texture, and light to evoke "that feeling" and express " that emotion" in my images. I am now deconstructing my old photographs and turning them into abstract forms.
It has been a long and winding path to reach my goal and the journey may never end. But I am excited to create the path of my artistic future and am at equilibrium and a sense of peace with my work.