My journey into light painting began the year my knees were replaced. Years of physical hobbies such as running and dancing, along with bad genetics, had done their damage. Mobility issues made it hard to do the kind of landscape and wildlife photography I loved. I was searching for a new direction when I remembered a book I had called Painting With Light by JanLeonardo Woellert and Joerg Miedza. I decided to look on the computer to see where light painting had gone in the 5-6 years since publication and I was not only impressed but immediately hooked. I had no idea that it was a photographic genre! And, not only that, it was a perfect field for me to explore as I could even do it indoors while recuperating and experiencing insomnia.
Fast forward to present day, I am now a member of Light Painting World Alliance with 700-plus creators worldwide. My work is featured on their website and was exhibited in 2018 at the UNESCO International Day of Light in Paris. Images have also been exhibited in Beijing, China the same year and in Casablanca, Morocco. I am active within many social media light painting groups and have my own Facebook and Instagram sites to keep maintained.
I continually strive to push borders and test new tools to keep my work fresh and interesting. I am out several nights per week working with my light painting obsession. When I’m not outdoors, I’m working on new tools or improvising on old ones. Life is never dull in Southern Oregon!
We all have life transitions to go through. Photography, and especially light painting, has helped me to reinvent myself and I hope it will help others as well if they have that path to travel. Through this web site, I hope my visions inspire others down a journey of creativity.