Artist Statement- Light
My attraction to light drove my artistic quest even before I realized it. I used to love lying on the spot on the carpet that got the one shard of sunlight between the houses, feeling it on my face. I was drawn to works of art in which the quality of light was everything. I love the backlit shadow boxes at our favorite Chinese restaurant. In college I chose photography to express my creative vision.
Working as a portrait photographer for 27 years in a series of busy studios I honed my use of light to make a dramatic statement about my subject or to flatter them. I was always looking for the best or different way to use my “paint” to create the portrait that would resonate with the subject. When I started teaching lighting to new trainees I began to understand the importance of light in my artistic vision. I realized how much I was subconsciously aware of how light fell upon what I was seeing. In the movies I ached to turn the woman’s head to better light her face. I mentally rearranged furniture that the window light would fall more beautifully on the floor or a vase or a water glass.
I became fascinated with the glass art of Dale Chihuly and realized it was because of the play of light with the color and reflectivity of glass. I had found another way in which to continue my romance with light.
Then I bou...