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Presentation
It should come as no surprise that printing (how, and on what paper) and framing are essential to the experience of these artworks.

I’m using two papers right now, Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308 and Hahnemühle Baryta Satin. The first is a matte paper offering a soft, almost silkscreen-like finish that lends itself well to the dreamy nature of many of my works. Baryta Satin is a more traditional photography paper the provides more contrast and saturation, and deeper blacks. It’s also tough compared to 308, which is easily scuffed and must be treated with great care.  That’s a particular issue because I prefer to avoid anything – glass, acrylic or otherwise – between the viewer and the art.

When it comes to framing, I tend to use float frames. Recently, though, I’ve been designing and making my own frames, which gives me the flexibility to deviate from traditional framing approaches and to experiment with new ways to present my work.

Presentation
This composite of three images (I know, it looks like four, but one of the panels comes from the background image) represent an important phenomenon and place in my life.  In the summer, usually late in the preparations for dinner, it’s not unusual for some member of the family to exclaim, “Oh My God, everyone get out here. You’ve gotta see this sunset!”  So we stop for a bit and walk down to the river’s edge to watch, mostly in silence, as the sun sets.  In those moments, we are one with each other and will all things, space, time and light.

(Any color-band imperfections seen in these images is due to browser- or display-related limitations.)

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