Much of my art training was in drawing and painting, and for a while I focused on landscapes. At about the same time I explored street photography and the possibilities of black and white film. When I finished school, I was hired to teach photography and my interest and practice switched primarily to portraits that were informed by my training in life drawing. Gradually my photographic interests shifted back to the landscapes where I had left painting.    

    Technology has helped bring photography much closer to painting and drawing, as image editors make it possible to modify and enhance the raw photographic image, and my training in drawing and painting directly influences my photographic work. Conversely, the graphic nature of photographic seeing directly informs my current paintings.

    A few decades ago I began collecting Mexican Folk Art in large part because it was removed from my life experience. Contemporary art is relatively easy to understand, being created by others with similar life experiences living in the same world. The further one looks back in time the more removed are  art and the life experiences of the artists. Such art is more elusive and mysterious and yet still evocative to modern viewers. The carvings and cave paintings of our Pleistocene ancestors are, for me the most fascinating because of this distance in time.

    Condors, the last of the teratorns, are remnants of the Ice Age. I am extremely fortunate to have them as occasional neighbors. My recent images of a condor enjoying the rain are unique. While millions of dollars have been spent to prevent condors’ extinction their population in the ‘wild’ is only just over 200. They are carefully tagged, radio collared and monitored. In the 1980s the 22 remaining condors were taken into captivity to prevent their extinction. Captive breeding has brought their numbers to 400+. I read about condors in the Big Sir area having mated on their own and an untagged condor has taken to the skies. It is very possible the condor I photographed was born out of captivity, not from captive breeding