Wednesday, August 25, 2010

French Portfolio Prints


New print editions of the French Portfolio Series will become available soon. This project started several years back when I was shooting film (with a 6x7 Pentax medium format camera) and living in a small village an hour northeast of Paris. Pierrefonds was the name of the village, a sweet place with an ancient castle, a forest and lake. Though caring for my two small children, I managed time (when they were at school) to photograph, build a darkroom and spend long hours processing and printing. Greatly inspired during this time I produced images for three solo exhibitions in one year! Now the work is digitizing images and printing them with archival inks and paper (Gicleé) and I quite like the result. Hope to have a online gallery ready in the next few weeks. The first of these "Woman of Light" and "Swan" are available now. Other images will be available soon. Please see the "Artist Statement" below and if interested please email me for more information: Thank you!


In this photographic work I am interested in making visual images that are not literal or documentary, but that emphasize the feeling of memory, or perhaps how our imagination “imprints” or views a particular place.

There is a classic element in these impressions, you may notice a feeling of old Europe. Certainly many places in France have a special presence about them and history. There is a mystery surrounding the many ancient fragments of these countries. Inspired by that mystery, and by the essence and beauty of these sites, I continue my interaction with them through photographic images. It makes me wonder, what has been lost, what has been retained?

Friday, August 20, 2010

Visions Gallery Juried Exhibition

The other Gicleé photograph that made it into the exhibition at the Visions Gallery is called "Woman of Light". (See prior blog about the exhibition.) This was photographed at an old chateau in Pierrefonds, France, as the morning light was moving across the courtyard. I was sitting in the shade waiting to see if the light would change for the better. Photography depends upon good light, so when you find a special spot that means something to you, be patient and wait for favorable light before photographing..!
The sun came out and lit her up quite beautifully. My particular process of slow speed film, 6x7 negative and slight movement created the radiant spreading of light that I was wanting. It only lasted a few moments before clouds moved overhead. I like this photograph as there is both detail and texture in the stone, yet the soft impressionistic quality at the same time. She seems to embody an aspiration toward divine illumination.

light 1 |līt|
1 the natural agent that stimulates sight and makes things visible : the light of the sun | [insing. ] the street lamps shed a faint light into the room.
a source of illumination, esp. an electric lamp : a light came on ( lights) decorative illuminations : Christmas lights.[in sing. ] an expression in someone's eyes indicating a particular emotion or mood: a special light entered his eyes.the amount or quality of light in a place : the plant requiresgood light | in some lights she could look beautiful.
2 understanding of a problem or mystery; enlightenment :
she saw light dawn on the woman's face.
spiritual illumination by divine truth. enlightenment
3 an area of something that is brighter or paler than itssurroundings : sunshine will brighten the natural lights in your hair.4 a match or lighter that produces a flame or spark.
Best of Show Award in Juried Exhibition

The Vision's Gallery in Todos Santos, BCS had an exhibit of Fine Art Photography in February of 2010. I was pleased to receive an award in the "Best of Show" category for "Tres Vacas", a gicleé black and white print of roaming cows in the mountains. This photograph was taken a few years back on my way to a mountain top retreat in the Dzogchen Buddhist tradition. The cows seem to speak of the soul of the desert land there - quiet, elemental and ancient.

Thursday, August 19, 2010


El Calendario, Artists in Todos Santos image and short Bio, April 2011
Pulse Magazine, Photography Show Article & Images, March 2010
BuddhaDharma Magazine, Photo illustration for article "solo retreat" 2010
Snow Lion Publications, Author portraits 2009 & 2010
Random House Books, Author portraits 2008 & 2009
Shambala Sun, Magazine 2007 and 2009
Tricycle, Magazine 2009 Tsultrim Allione
Connie Ducey and Friends, CD Cover 2008
Spirit Rock Center Catalog, 2006 to 2009
The Company She Keeps, CD Cover, 2005
Namely Us, Fairfax, CA CD Cover, 2005
Tara Mandala Catalog, Colorado, 2005 to 2010
Canton Cooperage, Santa Rosa, CA The Beauty of Oak, 2003. 2004
UC Berkeley, Graduate Studies Theology, Poster: Enlightened Woman, 2001
Mokatoff Gallery, New York City Portraits of Tibetan Lama’s 1998
Le Consiel Regional de L’Oise, France Historical Sites and Art 1993
The Forum Gallery, Jamestown, New York Envisioning a Dream, 1992


Selected Exhibitions

Visions Gallery, Todos Santos, BCS, Mexico
Award for Best in Show for “Dancer" 2011

Visions Gallery, Todos Santos, BCS, Mexico
Three photographs accepted into Juried Show
Award for Best in Show for “Tres Vacas” 2010

Galarie Halyes, Todos Santos BCS
Photographs, 2008

Galerie On'ce Todos Santos, BCS, Mexico
Photographs, 2007

Academy of Art College, San Francisco, CA
Spring Show 2004

Center for Visual Arts, Oakland, CA
Juried show 1997 and 1998

Mokatoff Gallery, New York City
Portraits of Tibetan Lama’s 1998

Yosemite Gallery, Oakland, CA
The French Photographs, 1998 and 1999

American Institute of Architects, Oakland, CA
Photographic Exhibit, 1996 SOLO SHOW

Center for Visual Arts, Oakland, CA
IVth Annual Photographic, 1995

Oakland Museum, Collectors Gallery, Oakland, CA
Photographs 1994 and 1995

Oakland Museum, Collectors Gallery, Oakland, CA
Photographs 1995 SOLO SHOW

Arts Gallery, JFK University, Orinda, CA
France and Belgium Photographs, 1994 SOLO SHOW

Galerie Hutin, Compiegne, France
Impressions, 1993 SOLO SHOW

Les Halles de Pierrefonds, France
Impressions 1993 SOLO SHOW

Le Consiel Regional de L’Oise, France
Historical Sites and Art 1993 (Publication)

Bibliotheque Nationale de Paris. France
Mother and Child, 1992 (Permanent Collection)

The Forum Gallery, Jamestown, New York
Envisioning a Dream, 1992 (With Catalog)

Gallery 25, Fresno, CA Annual Show, 1992

Museum of Photography, University of California at Riverside
Permanent Collection, 1991

Pro Arts Center, Oakland, CA
East Bay Artists, 1990

Environmental Design School Gallery, UC Berkeley
The White Room, 1980

Worth Ryder Gallery, UC Berkeley
Departure, 1980
Photoetchings, 1979


University of California, Berkeley
Bachelor of Arts in Art and Design

Academy of Art College, San Francisco
Graduate studies in Photography

Master Photography Workshops and Classes
Ruth Bernhard, Morely Bear, Ansel Adams, Micheal Kenna,
Martha Casanave, James Wood, Jason Madara etc.
Friends of Photography, PPA, GGS, etc.