I was born in Dallas, Texas in 1960. I studied large format, gelatin silver and alternative methods of photography under the mentorship of Charles DeBus, Senior Lecturer in Photography at Southern Methodist University. Although I loved each form of photography in its own right, it was the more alternative light sensitive methods of creating an image that truly inspired me.
My pressed plant exposures are not photography as it’s generally thought of today. The photogram or photogenic drawing process dates back to the 1830’s. These light sensitive methods reflect the humble beginnings of photography before photographic materials were light sensitive enough to use with lenses.
I manipulate flowers, leaves and insects for the negatives. The final print can take anywhere from 4 days to 9 months of exposure to the sun. Although these prints are created by the sunlight I often allow other outside elements, such as rain to contribute to the process. I cannot see what is happening behind the negative or plant so I am most often amazed by the impression that the plant has left on the emulsified paper. The plants along with their own unique chemical composition and decomposition contribute polarizing colors with the most revealing, unusual, unpredictable and beautiful images.
I currently live on and help maintain a 3500 acre wildlife/nature preserve on the Red River. My gardens are art in bloom. Growing up I developed an interest in creating art with nature. While working with these light sensitive chemicals, and the very plants I grow and care for I have allowed nature to aid in the process of embossing leaves, flowers, grasses and insects in a final moment of beauty.