Nature Montages Galleries

The element of “play” in my work came to the fore in my thirties. A friend gave me a book written by artist, printmaker and teacher Desiderius Orban, entitled What is Art All About?. Orban wrote: “…Competitiveness and the desire for success should be eliminated. We are happiest when we are most unaware of ourselves and of what we are doing, but enjoy doing it. This process leads us through the wide open gates to creativeness.” He goes on to say, “If the play brings results without conscious effort, that is excellent.” Over time I began to understand Orban’s idea — art was about the process, not the end result. With that in mind, I began to cultivate a more playful approach to photography. I created images that were meaningful to my playful spirit and that allowed me to express areas of my work that had more to do with “art” than science. In “playing” I also developed a fascination with juxtaposition and pattern. Nature is filled with gorgeous patterns, shapes and forms. Most look wonderful as they are, naturally, but can also be accentuated in montages. I am now sharing these three Galleries — Landscape, Botanical and Wildlife — for the first time to a worldwide audience.

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