Studio 280

This section provides a glimpse into the studio; darkroom work, embroidery, weaving, drawing and other works in progress. Also check out the link for the 3-year (Winter 2017 - Fall 2019) e-zine project 'Inside Studio 280'.

Spring 2020

This month started with a decision to collaborate with another artist throughout the pandemic. We chose about 20 books to read that we think somewhat compliment the current situation our world is in. We're calling this project Quarantine BookClub. We will photographically respond to each book after we read them. Each response shows how we are affected during the pandemic and how it relates to the specific book. 

These images can be viewed in the Projects section. 


Summer 2019

At the end of Spring in June it was a little sad to see all the year-old perennials finish their brightly colored show as they shed their blossoms. However, it was exciting to see the starts of new vegetable seedlings emerge in the garden. At this time I noticed shiny little things in the turned up earth and realized they were the wings from cast off skin from the cicadas. All this spring debris seemed like good subject matters for a photogram series. 

Spring Debris, 2019
Silver gelatin prints, 8"x10"

A year-or-so-long project wrapped up this August and is ready to hang on the wall. This collective group of images were made by a cellular phone during my commute to work on one specific bridge at the same time of day from June 2018 to August 2019. To read the statement check out Inside 280 Summer 2019 Edition

Weightless, 2018-2019
Ink jet print, 16"x20"

Spring 2019

I am beginning this season with multiple projects. Here are a few images of what is going on in the studio.

November 2018

Two images from Something More Than This are on display at the Barco Law Library Gallery of the Univerisity of Pittsburgh in a group show of Ohio University photographers. This is the first time Something More Than This has been exhibited. 

September 2018

I started making little daily doodles a few years ago in my weekly planner notebook. They were about an inch square in dimension and colored in with pencil. The subject was always about a specific moment David and I shared on that particular day. The doodles were fun and I enjoyed the process for 3 months. However, it was hard to keep up with the daily doodles. It seemed I couldn't fit this process in my daily schedule anymore! I really wanted to continue but needed an easier method. So they became monthly doodles... And they became a little bit bigger... And eventually they moved to a dedciated sketchbook. See more in the Project section.

August 2017

I've had the same dentist for over 25 years. He makes his office fun by crowding all the walls of every room with framed posters and photographs, accolades and letters. Advertising balloons of toothpaste, toothbrushes, and Crayola crayons hang from the ceiling. He also has an early print of mine, which he framed and added to his collection on a wall in the reception room. My dentist is a big fan of black and white photography. Twice a year when I see him, he always asks, "How's 'Pittsboyg'? When is your coffee table book coming out?" And every time I inwardly cringe as I repeat my answer of, "still working on it." Knowing his passion for cars (particularly Packards) I recently scanned through my contact sheets from 2004 to the present day and noticed I have just a few photographs of cars. Picking these 15 out, printing each negative in the darkroom, then binding them simply in folded paper with cotton thread.... I made my dentist a coffee table book.