I have always taken pictures driven largely by my desires and focus rather than by rules or customs. Since I retired from Medicine I have devoted much more of my time and energy to taking and processing pictures. More recently, I have begun to openly share my work which is a welcome side effect of being married to a successful painter. Donna’s use of my work as reference material, not only encouraged me to share more, but allowed me through her artistic interpretation, to revisit the artistry within mine. Donna and I have exhibited together and I now sell my work in galleries.
This digital age is an exciting time for me in photography, which I embrace unreservedly. It has allowed me to overcome the artistic challenges I faced with film and the darkroom. I embrace new techniques, but only as long as they facilitate my expression.
Our travels together have taken us both near and far. We travel well together. Sometimes I paint, sometimes I take my own photographs, and sometimes, I just look over Rick’s shoulder, and smile. I can see what he sees.
Although there are a lot of similarities in what we find of interest, how we choose to express can be quite different. In my studio Rick’s photographs are available for reference. Some, I have painted from repeatedly. Each time I see something different. The image can remind me of our visit to that location, the time of day, the weather or the smell in the air. It takes me back in time. This may explain why in this exhibition, there may be several paintings based on the same photograph.
Two media, two artists as partners, celebrate the joy of being able to share two interpretations.
Donna and Rick