I had the urge to revisit the images from my 2014 exhibit FARM. It's interesting to go back and look at the work with a new set of eyes. The original exhibit was very colorful. I have changed some of the images to black and white, giving the work a whole new feel.
I am grateful that the farmers allowed me to photograph their farms. Click here for a listing of the farms that participated in the exhibit. I really learned lots about farming from working on the exhibit for a year and a half. Farming is not for the meek. It's tough stuff. Farmers have to contend with natural elements, which can be difficult enough. But they also have to deal with cold storage that fails and ruins 1000 lbs of broccoli or well pumps that break leaving them waterless on a scorching hot day. Yet they get up early each morning and love their farms. Each farmer I met was fit and happy. They work very hard to produce our food. Of course, I am talking about local small to medium sized organic farmers. I did this exhibit because I wanted to inspire local people to seek out their local organic farmers. To spend that extra bit of time it takes to go to the farmers market. It really is a huge win-win. The farmers get support and the consumer gets fresh local organic produce.
I happened upon a single leaf, amongst many, that caught my eye. Taking time to look at such ordinary objects, I am always amazed to find rich evidence of life. In this simple leaf I saw the universe.
I photographed the leaf leaving the tiny insect eggs that were gently resting in their natural bed unharmed.
I then applied my process to the photograph. As a painter and photographer I have developed a process where I combine both of my mediums. I layer my photographs onto images of my abstract oil and coldwax paintings. I then print those images with pigment inks onto fine Japanese paper. After mounting them onto a panel, I finish the piece with an encaustic wax process. Ironically, this complex layering process produces simple luminous images with a sense of revealing depth.