Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, I started drawing at a young age and was encouraged by my grandfather in particular to continue creating. It's with his encouragement that I kept going even when everyone and everything around me seemed to discourage me. With that same enthusiasm I started to explore other avenues of art mediums so that now, I have a wide range of artistic interests; from drawing and painting to collages and clay works.
I believe that one's strong points improve and branch off some when you explore new mediums and ideas. The main focus of my art though are drawings and paintings of people. I love capturing the details in the face and eyes especially. The differences and details in every face is amazing, the stories that can be read in those faces and eyes is fantastic.
Capturing ideas, dreams and moments in different mediums is my passion. I try to get my art to express what I'm seeing and feeling, to hit you right in the feels, the good and the bad.
I am a scientist and aerospace engineer by day and a photographer and filmmaker by night. While competing at a small indie film competition, a film student said to me (half-joking, half-serious), " Wow, I didn't know that engineers could convey emotions," My response, "Well you know, I just used the right equations and formulas..." But seriously, some of the best art comes from the merger of art and science.
It is my firm belief that a strong technical understanding of one's craft regardless of the area is the foundation to mastery. A professional photograph starts with the camera and the lens. Not only must you understand yourself as a photographer, you must also know the limitations and tendencies of your equipment at a fundamental level. I am not saying that before I press the shutter, I perform dozens of fundamental lens and exposure calculations. (That would be just silly and the camera helps immensely with that) Cameras, lenses, and image processing are just tools and photography is the craft. Mastery of the craft requires a detailed knowledge of the tools.
That being said, photography is not an exact science, but neither is running an experiment. To be great at either, a certain sense of aesthetics is required. You need to be able to develop an “eye” for discriminating the good from the bad. It is no coincidence that the “Great Truths of the World” and great artwork are both aesthetically pleasing. I had a professor once tell me about aircraft, “If it looks good, it will probably fly well.” The technical knowledge of photography comes easily to me, the aesthetics of the art form is what I work on every time I take a picture.
I enjoy photography immensely, and I look forward to working with you!