About

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Growing up hyperactive, I have lived my entire life with an acute awareness of time’s passing. As long as I can remember there has never been enough time. By chance, at the age of 13, looking through a camera lens allowed me to see as I felt.

As I matured, I realized I was drawn to the portions of my images containing accidental motion. What if I pursued motion intentionally? Would moving the camera during exposure, compressing time, allow me to more effectively reach my own feelings about seeing? And might those feelings resonate with others?

The camera has given voice to my inner world. Through it I am able to express emotions and share experiences.  But for most of my life, the bulk of my work has been reserved as a private journal, showing only a select few images to others each year in galleries around the country.

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While preparing for the launch of this new adventure – assembling, editing and organizing thousands of images – I realized that this blog is the book of my life; it is the keeper of my story.  And as I continue to shoot, it continues to evolve – offering new plot twists, themes and threads.

Twice a month, I will introduce a new series of images devoted to one subject, one location or one theme in the Visions in Motion section. Each series presents a vignette: a narrow context of 4-8 images shot in one place on one day as one complete theme.And in Behind the Lens, I’ll share my photographic process, travel stories, discoveries and musings along the way.

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By opening a window into my world, I hope that these images are the flint that ignites a conversation with others. Together, I want to explore these broader questions: Can we stretch time? What lives in the space between moments? And how do we find peace within our ADD-o-genic world?

 


 


 


 

Biography

Education

1966 American University, Washington, DC – MBA
1963 University of California, Berkeley – BS

Solo Exhibitions

2013 Extended Passage of Time, Las Cruces Museum of Art, Las Cruces, NM
2011 Forward Thinking Museum
2010 Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM
2010 Packard-Reath Gallery, Lewes, DE
2008 Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM
2008 William Havu Gallery, Denver, CO
2007 Cline + Dale Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ
2007 Addison Arts, Santa Fe, NM
2006 Oswald Gallery, Jackson Hole, WY
2004 Packard-Reath Gallery, Lewes, DE
2002 Edward Carter Gallery, New York, NY
2001 William Havu Gallery, Denver, CO
2001 Edward Carter Gallery, New York, NY
2000 Packard-Reath Gallery, Lewes, DE
2000 William Havu Gallery, Denver, CO
1999 The Nicolaysen Museum, Casper, WY

 Group Exhibitions

2013 Holiday Group Show, Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM
2011 Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM
2010 Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM
2006 Addison Arts, Santa Fe, NM
2005 Oswald Gallery, Jackson, WY
2002 The Alinder Gallery, Gualala, CA
2001 Edward Carter Gallery, Lewes, DE
2001 The Alinder Gallery, Gualala, CA
2000 Edward Carter Gallery, New York, NY
1999 William Havu Gallery, Denver, CO
1998 Jernigan Wicker Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1997 Studio Gallery, Washington, DC
1983 Dalsheimer Gallery, Baltimore, MD

Awards

1997 Ucross Foundation, Artist Residency Program, Clearmont, WY

Collections

New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
The Sheldon Museum Art Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
The Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Nicolaysen Art Museum, Casper, WY

Bibliography

Hostetler, Susan. Oceans. New York, Rizzoli, 2002
Mock, Alethea. Camera Arts Magazine, Corrales, NM, 2004
Gunnar Plake, Passages of Time
Strauss, David Levi. Gunnar Plake: Western Space + Time. Boston: Commonwealth Art Press, 1999