Current faculty member of the Art School of Columbia County in upstate NY,
My intention is to join with the efforts of the land conservation movement with hopes of motivating a sense of concern and stewardship. I want to help raise public awareness and involvement in the conservancies' mission to perpetuate the healthfulness, and beauty of the magnificent landscape which surround us.
My work has surely been influenced over many years of having enjoyed the art of the Hudson River School. Considering that, and my interest in the conservation of rural lands, it feels quite natural for me to honor the artists through my photographs. It is a tribute both to their art and their love and respect for nature. Going back to the mid 1800's it was George Marsh who wrote a book called “Man & Nature” in which he sought to raise awareness of the great threats to the environment due to the rapid industrialization of the Northeast. Thomas Cole and others in the “School” were, through their art, part of that early moment.
For the past eight years, 25% of my net sales proﬁt have been distributed to various local land conservation organizations. I have recently been awarded a Berkshire Taconic Foundation Grant of $4,000 to assist me in the continuation of my commitment.