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How it all began
All my life, in one way or another, I have been honing the skills
that prepare me to recount horse stories through photographic images. My earliest
memories include my passion for storytelling. I didn't decide to act out
stories for others. It was a compulsion. Along with that passion for storytelling,
there was my consuming love of all things horse-related. I loved playing
make-believe as a small child, and regardless of who I pretended to be, that
character's life always revolved around horses. My coloring books had to
include pictures of horses. I always finished off my burnt sienna, ochre,
and black crayons first. My scrapbooks and boxes of precious objects overflowed
with pictures of horses - prints of paintings, drawings, photographs, magazine
photos, calendars - all horses. From the moment I began to read I read voraciously.
However, if a book didn't include at least one horse among the main characters,
it didn't hold my attention long. The stories I told myself about my future always
had horses in central roles. My role in my life-script was defined by the
time I was five. It was clear that my part in life's drama was to tell stories,
using pictures (still or moving) to tell those stories, and always returning to
the theme of horses.
The tools in my studio
For those techie types who are curious about equipment: I shoot with one of the
top cameras available, a Canon 20D, use pro-level Canon glass, and "develop"
pictures in the state-of-the-art photo-processing program, Adobe Photoshop. Like
any other artist/craftsman, I am totally enamored of the tools I use. They are
my magic wand-my favorite and very special brushes. They allow me to translate
those impressions and dreamy almost-images in my head and heart into a graphic
language spoken by all of us.
Capturing the interplay of light and shadow. These seem to me the ideal means
for expressing my life-long love for horses and my deep appreciation for their
power, grace, mystery, and unique intelligence. The story continues.