My work is based in the idea that if a sentient tree can be seen as an particular living thing with an individual personality and history that is a part of the local culture, it becomes harder to minimize its significance and easier to recognize its value, which in today’s world is a crucial step toward its preservation.

What began as a simple exercise in creating a photographic series of a subject matter that attracted me emotionally (Louisiana live oaks) has become a spiritual journey and a life’s work.

Over the past 30-plus years, this journey with oak trees has led to the creation of four books, numerous magazine articles, exhibits, and multiple commissioned projects. I work with both film and digital tools to create prints on paper and canvas and often paint the images extensively to reach my personal expressive goals.

Artist Statement

My work is based in the idea that if a sentient tree can be seen as an particular living thing with an individual personality and history that is a part of the local culture, it becomes harder to minimize its significance and easier to recognize its value, which in today’s world is a crucial step toward its preservation.

What began as a simple exercise in creating a photographic series of a subject matter that attracted me emotionally (Louisiana live oaks) has become a spiritual journey and a life’s work.

Over the past 30-plus years, this journey with oak trees has led to the creation of four books, numerous magazine articles, exhibits, and multiple commissioned projects. I work with both film and digital tools to create prints on paper and canvas and often paint the images extensively to reach my personal expressive goals.