I’ve always enjoyed the juxtaposition of opposites. My photographic work for surface design – using the garden as initial focus, showcases a functional dynamic between technology and art.

Why Flowers?

Art Deco


Sometimes, people ask why I use flowers -might one consider other subject material? Sure, but I have no need at the moment- nature offers so many possibilities. Each photo is a springboard into creativity within Photoshop.

Starting with the image itself, I make changes creating a beautiful new composition. This flower was one of my hybrid lilies that had many such revisions before it went to print. And then more changes based on how print dyes affected its original colors.

Art Deco

Joining two images with continuous tone ( photographs), is tricky. It challenges you to consider the resulting three dimensionality as a sculpture even as you see only flat artwork.

The process is reminiscent of painting, except that working into the continuous tone of a photograph can be more challenging then starting from a blank canvas. Many artists re-use a canvas, benefitting from the underlying image to build a more exciting end piece. For me, photography informs and is informed by my creative process.

Tulsa Oklahoma

Tulsa, Oklahoma has one of the largest collections of art deco architecture in the country. Tulsa was settled between 1828 and 1836 by the Lochapoka Band of Creek Indians. In the 20th century it was given the nickname “Oil Capitol of the World” –a major hub for the American Oil Industry.

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The Beacon Building

Tulsa Art Deco

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Classical architecture with minimal bike rack and bench

Art deco, popular in the 20s and 30s, today is combined with different styles-  luxurious detailing of yesterday and today’s  minimal sensibilities. The juxtaposition of art and technology is striking. (Our recent visit to Tulsa had nothing to do with its history. It was about rekindling old friendships from college). Staying downtown and walking out for coffee each morning, you couldn’t help but be affected by the mix. Add to that oversized streets and limited pedestrians.

Here you go- notice the details, the variety and materials.

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For an enduring sound for an endless summer…remember this one? Jimmy Buffet-1978-  Margaritaville 

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