After spending over two decades photographing deeply psychological family portraits, I experienced one of life's most profound traumas. Within four years my husband, mother and father died. Transitions from life to death often informed my work: I held my mother’s increasingly bent and aging body against my own, or I undertook the heart-rending privilege of preparing my husband’s body for his funeral. My camera was always with me. These passings changed my life in untold ways. I was no longer tethered to portraits, perhaps needing to look beyond the body, the storm of life, to the more ethereal things that connect us all.
I began to photograph out in the natural world using my intuition more than ever as my guide. Connection, movement, expansion -- the very elemental presences in nature-- begin to dominate my images. This new found freedom in the abstract brings me a comfort. As I explore the realms outside myself, I touch on inner revelation. In this abstract series color, texture and light are the vehicles that accompany me on this new journey. I am interested in the energies, sometimes brilliant and kinetic, or sometimes darker and slower, that bring us deeper to realms both outside ourselves and within.
“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead —his eyes are closed. " ― Albert Einstein, Living Philosophies