It typically takes one to four months to complete a work. The time to completion depends on a number of factors, the most important of which are the amount of source material and the time frame in which that material is gathered.

The process breaks down as follows:

In phase one, I meet with the client as often as may be necessary for me to collect the information that I need. Depending on the amount of information involved, two to five meetings, for several hours each, would typically be required. Over the course of these visits the photos will be selected, labeled and scanned.  The dimensions of the finished piece are  determined at this time.

All information is original and is taken from family photographs, documents, photographed artifacts and original elements that I create based on the client’s personal preferences in art and design.  

In the second phase, I will prepare these elements on the computer and begin working on composition. We will meet as needed to discuss the direction of the piece.

In the third phase I will be creating the work and at the end of this phase I will present you with an archival print of your Personal Landscape.

Then the process is complete.





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My artistic vision is inspired by the enigmatic face of collected personal experience.


Using scanned family photographs and photographs of important artifacts as a starting point, I transform a personal or family story into an evocative, original work of art. In this way, I address a broad spectrum of themes, including childhood, home and the pivotal events of a life. The final product is an archival-quality print inspired by the aesthetic sensibility of a mural.


My goal in the creation of each piece is to present the complexity of a story through the voice of literal images and their subtle metaphorical juxtapositions. This careful weaving is intended to capture the everyday and the extraordinary in the same net, providing the viewer with a fresh perspective on both.



What will The Personal Landscape of your family history, your portrait, your personal experience look like?






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