Within the Driftless
I consider these images to be representative of not just a place, a life or an event - but the focal point of benign artistic intent. It's everything leading up to and including the taking of the photograph that can be considered my ‘true art form’. I define myself as an artist not by what I create through a specific medium but by how I maneuver and exist in order to create. The image itself is not the actual ‘art’. It's simply the medium I use to catch people's attention and to summarize an experience. In doing so, I open new creative avenues of exploration, often finding myself collaborating with other artists. Through those creative exchanges I thrive and expand. The cycles complete and begin anew, spiraling ever onward and inward.
I have had the good fortune to have worked as a professional artist, a good portion of it at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in the exhibits department. I left a nearly twenty-year long creative career in order to be a father and husband. It was as if all those years spent in those marbled halls of knowledge were nothing but prep-work for my real purpose. Where once I channeled my creative energies into precise educational displays of the natural world meant to educate, I was now able to channel that into the very foundation of my new family. Life then carried us into the shelter of the Blue Mounds. It has been here, within the Driftless Area that I've enjoyed my reawakening as an artistic human being.
I've sunk into the total darkness that lies under this karst terrain and found peace. I've felt the dawn's icy touch on my forehead as I stood on the East Tower but felt the a bask in the warmth of realization. The endless curves that wind their way down to the river valleys trace their way along the ridge lines as they rise and fall as do the waves on an ocean. They are not unlike my own the creative processing that occurs in my mind. My own torments and pleasures forming the textured topographic map of my mind. Like an adventure on a quest I make many notations on that map…occasionally one is a photograph that I share with the world.