I took my first photographs at 6 years old using a Browning Box camera owned by my grandfather. My seventh year birthday present was an Argus C3 35mm camera which I used until I entered the US Naval School of Photography in Pensacola Florida at the age of 20 in 1963. Although I was an aerial systems technician with a reconnaissance squadron during the Viet Nam war my first love was photojournalism which I practiced throughout my Navy experience and as a freelancer supplementing my GI bill earnings during my undergraduate studies in California and Connecticut. Although no longer an income producer, in time it became an integral tool in the creation of my art.
To be blunt I am not one who likes highly posed or orchestrated subjects in my paintings or drawings. My objective is to capture the immediacy of an action, a gesture, or a fleeting expression e.g. “the deciding moment” that can only be recorded by the millisecond opening of a shutter at the behest of the photographer’s eye. My camera for me is both a tool to create a finished image as well as to make an instantaneous sketch of an instantly perceived action that I can then render on paper in my own unique style of drawing. I also use the camera as an investigative to tool for breaking down the movement of models, animals, and things or providing stock images to be incorporated into my paintings. Most critics separate photography and painting/drawing as separate disciplines. To me they are part and parcel of the same creative process.