ODYSSEY

The ODYSSEY images comprise some of the latest additions to the changing environment series.

This series of images borrow from Cubism the technique of illustrating space volumetrically by moving through it to reveal alternate views of the same scene. In addition to the spatial reconstruction, this process adds an element of time to the works as the various components of the scene are photographed from different perspectives and different moments and later reassembled into a larger, more comprehensive experience. I strive to have the viewer participate in my exploration of the scene.

Most of the prints in this portfolio are available in sizes other than those mentioned. Many of them can go much larger than listed here.

The Everglades

The Everglades is referred to as the “River of Grass”, a constant southerly flow of nourishing waters carrying life and a natural abundance to our planet. This series on our ever-changing environment is an invitation to meditate on the constant flow and core values of life itself.

Audubon Prints – Small Portfolio

The original portfolio (Havell edition) of John James Audubon’s Birds of America was printed between 1827 and 1838 and contains 435 life-size prints of North American birds. The portfolio was reproduced from hand-engraved plates with watercolor added later by hand. Audubon sold subscriptions to his prints in editions of five. This included three small, one medium, and one large with each group. Collectors often bound these portfolios into books. All the prints, large and small, were printed on Double Elephant sized paper (approximately 28″ x 39″), which was the largest sheet available at the time.

Since Audubon drew his birds to life-size scale,  we are able to print the smaller bird engraving on a smaller sheet of  approximately 16″ x 20″ size.  This smaller paper size makes it more convenient for framing them to scale. When printed this smaller size, the prints can also be displayed as an impressive grouping eithere next to each other on a wall or placed in a large grid layout of four, six, or more.

View the large (Double Elephant) sized prints here

View the medium (Elephant) sized prints here

 

Click on any image to see it larger.

Audubon Prints – Elephant Portfolio

The original portfolio (Havell edition) of John James Audubon’s Birds of America was printed between 1827 and 1838 and contains 435 life-size prints of North American birds. The portfolio was reproduced from hand-engraved plates with watercolor added later by hand. Audubon sold subscriptions to his prints in editions of five. This included three small, one medium, and one large with each group. Collectors often bound these portfolios into books. All the prints, large and small, were printed on Double Elephant sized paper (approximately 28″ x 39″), which was the largest sheet available at the time.

The medium sized portfolio prints of the “Birds of America” are approximately half the size of a Double Elephant print size, or around 20″ x 28″.

View the large (Double Elephant) sized prints here

View the smaller sized prints here

 

Click on any image to see it larger.

Audubon Prints – Double Elephant Portfolio

The Audubon images in this collection have been edited by me to be reprinted to the same size that Audubon had published them in his original portfolios. I worked with available high resolution files made from the Audubon prints and then cleaned up and restored these files to be simulations that are as close as possible to the originals. I have separated the files into their three sizes. The large size prints are on this page, while links to the the medium and smaller sized prints are provided below.

When digitally printed on a very fine archival paper these prints bear a striking resemblence to the original portfolio prints. Please contact me if you would like to purchase one of these prints.


The original portfolio (Havell edition) of John James Audubon’s Birds of America was printed between 1827 and 1838 and contains 435 life-size prints of North American birds. The portfolio was reproduced from hand-engraved plates with watercolor added later by hand. Audubon sold subscriptions to his prints in editions of five. This included three small, one medium, and one large with each group. Collectors often bound these portfolios into books. All the prints, large and small, were printed on Double Elephant sized paper (approximately 28″ x 39″), which was the largest sheet available at the time.

The double elephant portfolio of the “Birds of America” was the largest, full-sized print that Audubon printed. The paper measured approximately 28″ x 39″.  Audubon drew his subjects to life size and even with this large paper he had to contort some of the birds to fit the page.

View the medium (Elephant) sized prints here

View the smaller sized prints here

Click on any image to see it larger.

Flora

Flora is a selection of images I have created to reflect our mutual existence as life forms on the same fragile planet, cycling through similar life cycles. Henry David Thoreau taught me how to look at nature, and the microcosm of nature (i.e. nature up close). This is where we learn about living in a “natural way”. It is very Zen in that it reflects the challenge of living in harmony with the natural flow of life itself.

Horizons

Life begins where the heavens meet the earth. The horizon line is our first measurement of the planet. It provides balance, stability, and wonderment for what might lie beyond.  The nature of the Florida peninsula centers around the weather as it interplays with the area’s land, water, sky, and flora, creating a rare beauty that can shift from sedate and friendly to powerful and threatening. The flatness of the terrain forces the horizon line to become an essential compositional element separating the land and water from the sky. This is the terroir for my creative spirit as I work to interpret this place.

SEASCAPES

Water, revered by the Greeks as one of the four primary elements, is the cornerstone of existence on our planet. I live in Florida, a state surrounded by water and where water flows through the middle of the peninsula, through the Everglades on its way to the ocean as one of the world’s most important ecological systems. Water in Florida water can be both life-giving as well as life-threatening.

When I came to Florida, I was looking for its natural wonders, equivalents of the Grand Canyon or the Rocky Mountains. I found the magnificent nature of Florida in its weather, water, sky, and vegetation. The images in this collection are all about the beauty of one of those elements — water. Many of the images were taken in Florida, but they also include oceans from around the globe and seashores, lakes, and rivers — water wherever I found it.

“The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.” – Karen Blixen