A deep connection to nature informs my work. While exploring nature in woodlands, along the shoreline, or in the field I’ve always been inspired by the arrangements of natural forms that I discover and the changing textures and energies of the seasons. I bring my subjects back to the studio to photograph from the field or a flower market or make the photograph on site. I intuitively know “this is it” while composing an image in the viewfinder or during post-production. Those images are the ones that I want to commit to producing and sharing. Reduced to their shapes and textures, stripped of their color and scent, the flowers and leaves become a symbol of the great intelligence of nature and its yin-yang energetic duality. My creative process is perhaps best described by the term mindfulness – a concept and practice that’s just beginning to become a part of popular culture but nevertheless is something that those who create have always been inherently practicing. My major influences are the classic works of Imogen Cunningham, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Brett Weston.