I’ve been an admirer of good watercolor paintings since I was a child in Germany, when I dabbled in crude watercolor depictions of, mostly, well…Indians…we were fascinated by the wild west! Once I became fully immersed in photography, I found it difficult to permit myself the time to return to any form of painting and therefore, simply couldn’t develop the skill needed to create the watercolor art I admire; however, as the years ticked by, I learned that there is a means to combine my love of watercolors with photography: the Giclée – a perfect blend, printing my film images on a thick, nicely textured, and archival watercolor paper!!
All artists are influenced and inspired by something, whether it’s in nature or something man-made – a work of art, a product, a building, or any other thing. So, when I saw some pictures, photos and paintings, mounted and framed using the torn-edge and floating image effect, I had an “a-ha” moment, deciding to flatter the originator of this effect by imitating it! I felt I had found the final element, a perfect finishing touch, for my watercolor prints. And, since all the subject matter was photographed as I found it, nothing arranged, I wanted to convey a certain looseness to the images, presenting them more like a sketch, as if freshly torn from a pad of paper and tacked to the wall
As for the subject matter, well, I know it’s a bit of a mix; there is no clear, single subject that appeals to me. I respond to whatever inspires me at the moment, whether it’s the simple beauty of a flower, the pattern formed by a series of balconies, the juxtaposition of a hot-air baloon over a plowed field, or an old man feeding a squirrel perched on his shoulder. Eventually a series develops on its own but, I rarely make my photographs with any sort of series in mind…just whatever fires the creative spark-plug in the engine of my mind.