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I am a retired veteran of 26 years with multiple combat deployments. After I retired I turned to art as a form of therapy for my PTSD and injuries. While I enjoy most forms of art, I have settled into Photography, Digital art, and Painting as my primary mediums.
I received my BFA in Applied Design and Visual Communications from Houghton College and am completing my MFA in Fine Art and Arts Administration at the Visual Studies Workshop this spring.
I enjoy photographing nature, particularly waterfalls, and abandoned things. Waterfalls have always held a fascination for me. I find them peaceful and calming and have incorporated waterfall hunting into my own form of therapy. Getting out into nature is a proven way to reconnect with one's inner self and provides an oft needed boost of serotonin.
Photographing the abandoned is a way for me to connect with my own feelings of abandonment and the decay of my mental and physical health. It is a way to show that even though something (or someone) is broken and thrown away, it can be reworked into something beautiful.
Art has become a lifeline for me and a way to communicate with the world at large. What might take a lifetime to explain can be voiced in a single image. The darkness that roils around in my mind can be pulled out, put on a "canvas", and dealt with in a healthy way; providing understanding of self and, ultimately, healing.
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