Exhibiting one's work is an essential step in the personal and professional development of any artist, and a journey worth taking every time. But it is not without its personal perils. Creating a body of work one feels worthy of exhibiting can be years in the making, involving a lot of tough choices and hard work, extraordinary amounts of self-doubt, large infusions of cash and significant sacrifices to one's personal life. And often this is all before one has even found a gallery willing to exhibit - usually for a 2 to 4 week window a year or two down the line - work into which one has poured his or her heart and soul. Then comes the matting and framing, the mailing list compilation, the invitations, the publicity push, the lighting, creating an artist statement (the toughest part) the opening night jitters, the postpartum blues, and the reviews (or lack of them). But to look out upon a sea of animated faces studying, discussing and hopefully admiring one's work - with red dots on at least a few of them - well, it's a night one never forgets.
But here's the thing: the number of people capable of visiting an actual gallery space these days is limited by an ever-growing number of variables. Unless you live just around the corner, how are you going to get there? What's the traffic like? Is there parking? How's the weather? What should I wear? Can we find a babysitter? Wouldn't it be easier to order in and watch season whatever of The Walking Dead? Or maybe re-runs of Schitt's Creek, just because? How do we mingle in this new era of social distancing, with a whole slew of guidelines thrust upon a species hard-wired to physical connection and interaction? It's a long list. And it just keeps getting longer.
Virtual galleries, however, have opened doors in ways unimaginable to artists of previous generations. It has been many months in the making but it is my pleasure to invite you in to peruse some of my recent photography work in this space. So please do stay as long as you want, and return as often as you choose. These doors are always open.
I'm still working on the technical details of adding the box wine and questionable cheese to your overall viewing experience, so please bear with me. It's just a matter of time.
All images are reproduced to museum standards, using the finest available archival papers and inks. Each print is signed and numbered in limited editions of 20. Properly mounted and framed, they will retain their original clarity and tonal range for your life-long enjoyment.
If you have any special requests, are interested in an image you've seen on the main body of the website not displayed here, or wish to further discuss any aspect of the work, please don't hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to hear from you.
Happy trails and thanks again,