fter retiring as an administrator from an elementary school in Baltimore City, I began to pursue my interests in horticulture, art and photography. I took some courses at the community colleges of Baltimore County, attended conferences, took workshops and found myself focusing on photography. As the world of photography began moving from film to digital imaging I reluctantly left the magic of the darkroom and entered the world of computers and Epson printers. Photoshop introduced me to the exciting world of endless possibilities for combining photography with digital art.
While my images include a variety of subjects I have concentrated on mannequins and flowers. My gardens provided willing subjects that continue to challenge my ability to capture their sensuous beauty. I had an opportunity to take pictures at D'Agostino Studios where hundreds of mannequins were kept. I was fascinated by the way these mannequins aroused memories of events, human interactions, emotions, experiences and even fantasies.
The ability of mannequins to evoke human emotion and reflect human social situations has engaged my interest for many years. Throughout history the human form has ranked extremely high as subject matter for artists.
And, of course, no matter the subject, there is always the search for great lines, textures, patterns, shapes, and exploding color. These features that I once passed by without a second glance now seem to demand my time and invite me to take a closer look.
For several years I was a regular exhibitor at the now closed Great Exposure Photo Gallery in Savage Mill and in 1996 I had a major exhibit of my mannequin images there. I have also exhibited my work at Dundalk Community College, several Johns Hopkins University Fairs, and several Woodholme Art Festivals. My mannequin and flower images were featured on an episode of MPT’s “Artworks” in August, 2006.
About my prints: Images are printed with pigment-based Epson UltraChrome K-3 inks on digital fine-art paper.
Care: Prints should be protected as you would a watercolor painting, from high levels of moisture or direct sunlight.