About

Brief Bio

Self PortraitDown the rabbit hole – that pretty much describes my path into photography. Sitting in the midst of the smouldering wreckage of a PhD program in ancient history, I picked up a camera and said, “How do I do this?” And so it went on from there.

Sure, I’d studied photography a bit in school; back then, it had been secondary to oil painting and the Romanticism and Impressionism to which I had gravitated. The subjects then, as now, were dominated by landscape and nature. In migrating to photography, the nature and rhythm of my work changed. Instead of trying to work quickly to capture a scene, I now work slowly; the long exposure has superseded the quick brush stroke in creating impressionistic images. In doing so, I am able to spend longer taking in the scene and its sounds and smells, observing the changing light rather than trying to fight against it.

Originally from New Jersey, I eventually settled in Port Hope, Ontario. Here, I shoot primarily what is in my environment – the shore of Lake Ontario, and the fields, forests, and hills of Northumberland County. I still read up on history, and photograph its physical remains when he have the chance in my travels.

Artist Statement

I am an artist who specializes in the fine art photography landscapes, nature, and architecture. Much of my work features the contrast between the static and the ephemeral, between the monumental immovability of stone or structure and the ever-changing chaos of water and sky. In the pursuit of this contrast, the geometric principles of architecture hold as much interest for me as the rough forms of the natural world.

Where once I painted, now I take photographs. The change in medium has dramatically changed the nature and rhythm of my work. Instead of working quickly to capture a scene, now I work slowly; long exposure has superseded quick brush-strokes to create impressionistic effects. And in working slowly, I feel I am better able to take in the sounds and the smells of a place, and I can work with the changing light rather than fighting against it. In working slowly, I try to convey the sense of being at peace within a frenzied world, of being unaffected by the surrounding surging elements and of being beyond the swift passage of time.

While my medium of choice is photography, I do not seek to merely record the world before me. The negative is merely a starting point for crafting an image. I do as much as I can to create a good negative in-camera, often nowadays with optical filters. Then I work on the image in with various tools in digital post-processing to make a visually and, I hope, emotionally compelling image. As I have progressed as a photographer, so too have I come to work with increasing intensity on the post-processing of the image.

 

Selected Exhibitions
2017
  • Annual Juried Art Exhibition. The Latcham Gallery. Stouffvile, ON.
  • “Winter 2016-2017 Catalogue Exhibition.” Elaine Fleck Gallery. Toronto, ON.
  • “In the Air.” Solo exhibition in the SPARK Photo Festival. Port Hope, ON.
  • Jacqueline Veltri “New Paintings,” also featuring Lillian Sheppard and Bill Hornbostel. Elaine Fleck Gallery. Toronto, ON.
2016
  • Annual Regional Juried Exhibition. Art Gallery of Northumberland, Cobourg, ON.
  • Biannual Juried Exhibition. Grimsby Public Art Gallery. Grimsby, ON.
  • Art in the Park. Juried art fair. Oakville, ON.
  • CLIC Photo Show. Juried art exhibition. Picton, ON.
  • The New Art Festival. Juried art fair. Ottawa, ON.
  • “Architectural Studies II.” Solo exhibition in the SPARK Photo Festival, Peterborough, ON.
  • Annual Juried Art Exhibition. The Latcham Gallery. Stouffville, ON.
  • “Architectural Studies.” Solo show. Clarington, ON.
2015
  • Annual Regional Juried Exhibition. Art Gallery of Northumberland. Cobourg, ON.
  • And All that Jazz V. Group show.  Port Hope, ON.
  • CLIC Photo Show. Juried art exhibition. Picton, ON.
  • The New Art Festival. Juried art fair. Ottawa, ON.
  • “Architectural Studies II.” Solo exhibition in the SPARK Photo Festival, Peterborough, ON.
  • Intersections. Group show. Colborne Art Gallery. Colborne, ON.
2014
  • Annual Juried Art Show. Visual Arts Centre of Clarington.   Clarington, ON.
  • After All That Jazz IV. Group show.   Port Hope, ON.
  • Muskoka Arts and Crafts Summer Show. Juried art and craft fair. Bracebridge, ON.
  • The New Art Festival. Juried art fair. Ottawa, ON.
  • CONTACT Photography Festival. Norman Felix Gallery. Toronto, ON.
  • “Between a Rock and a Wet Place.” Solo exhibition in the SPARK Photo Festival. Peterborough, ON.
  • The Artist Project Toronto. Juried exhibition. Toronto, ON.
  • Art Gallery of Northumberland Annual Regional Juried Exhibition. Art Gallery of Northumberland. Cobourg, ON.
  • Vessels. Group show. Colborne Art Gallery. Colborne, ON.
2013
  • Annual Juried Art Show. Visual Arts Centre of Clarington.  Clarington, ON.
  • Queen West Art Crawl. Juried art fair. Toronto, ON.
  • And All That Jazz III. Group show.   Port Hope, ON.
  • CLIC Photo Show. Juried art exhibition. Picton, ON.
  • Art in Public Spaces. Juried art exhibition. Cobourg, ON.
  • Summer Fling. Group Show. Art Gallery of Northumberland. Port Hope, ON.
  • The New Art Festival. Juried art fair. Ottawa, ON.
  • CONTACT Photography Festival. Norman Felix Gallery. Toronto, ON.
  • The Lake in Winter and Other Vistas. Solo show. Colborne Art Gallery. Colborne, ON.
  • Art Gallery of Northumberland Annual Regional Juried Exhibition. Art Gallery of Northumberland. Cobourg, ON.
  • The Artist Project Toronto. Juried exhibition. Toronto, ON.
  • Trees. Group show. Colborne Art Gallery. Colborne, ON.
2012
  • Annual Juried Art Show. Visual Arts Centre of Clarington.   Clarington, ON.
  • And All That Jazz II. Group show.   Port Hope, ON.
  • Untitled. Solo Show.   Campbellford, ON.
  • Art in Public Spaces. Juried art exhibition. Cobourg, ON.
  • The Artist Project Toronto. Juried exhibition. Toronto, ON.
  • Art Gallery of Northumberland Annual Regional Juried Exhibition. Art Gallery of Northumberland. Cobourg, ON.
  • Contained. Colborne Art Gallery – Colborne, ON. Group show.
2011
  • And All That Jazz. Group show.   Port Hope, ON.
  • Spirit of the Hills Annual Juried Photography Show and Sale. Warkworth, ON.
2010
  • Art in Public Spaces. Juried exhibition. Cobourg, ON.
  • Art Gallery of Northumberland Annual Regional Juried Exhibition. Art Gallery of Northumberland. Cobourg, ON.

 

 

Awards and Grants

2016
  • Third Place, Visible World Monochrome, CLIC Photo Show, for “60 Absolute Avenue 3.”
  • Honourable Mention, Visible World Monochrome, CLIC Photo Show, for “Fisher Center 1.”
2015
  • Honourable Mention, Visible World Monochrome, CLIC Photo Show, for “Toronto City Hall.”
  • NuWork Award for Photographic Excellence, SPARK Photo Festival, for “ROM Crystal Shard.”
2013
  • Exhibition Assistance Grant, Ontario Arts Council
2012
  • Best Photograph, Annual Juried Arts Show, Visual Arts Centre of Clarington
2011
  • Third Place, Spirit of the Hills Annual Juried Photography Show and Sale.
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