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About

After a twenty-year plus career as a freelance garden photographer with my work published in magazines and books world-wide, I am now doing a lot more artwork, occasionally teaching workshops, and leading yearly tours to Kyoto.

My photographic compositions continue to be based on three key ingredients:

simplicity of line

harmony of proportion

equality of attention

These are the qualities I taught myself to see in the gardens of Kyoto, Japan.  During a yearlong stay 1992-1993 I was fortunate to work with garden designer Kinsaku Nakane and photographer Katsuhiko Mizuno, both masters of their art forms.  Through the years I have continued to return to Kyoto as a source of aesthetic inspiration.

Photography is as much a gateway to the inner world of the photographer / viewer as it is to the beauty displayed in the outer world.  A garden is a setting for having this kind of experience on multiple levels – simultaneously sensual, aesthetic and spiritual.  In fact, this experience is the intended result of a well-designed garden.  Can it be faithfully represented in an image ?  This is the goal of learning to see as a garden photographer.

The rational and the lyrical, the formal and the abstract, the known and the unknown  …  this is the world within a flower, and within a Zen garden.  This is the world of the photographic artist.

 

PUBLICATION

Garden and horticultural images published in over 30 magazines and over 60 books internationally

 

BOOKS PUBLISHED   –   SOLE PHOTOGRAPHER

2007  Garden to Vase, Timber Press
2001  Artists in Their Gardens, Sasquatch Books
2000  Garden Retreats, Chronicle Books
1998  Naturalistic Gardening, Sasquatch Books
1998  Gardening from Scratch, Simon & Schuster
1998  Tea Gardens, Chronicle Books

 

SHOWS

2013 & 2014  Au Jardin, group show, Victoria BC

2011 ‘Flow’, 1-man show, I Witness Gallery, Portland, OR
2011 ‘Japan Relief Benefit Show’, PHOTO Gallery, Oakland, CA
2011 ‘Kodachrome in Bloom’, Luz Gallery, Victoria BC
2010 ‘Retrospective Show’, Luz Gallery, Victoria BC
2010  ‘Sensing Spirit’, 1-man show, Luz Gallery, Victoria BC
2002 ‘Nature and Spirit: Reflections on the Gardens of Kyoto’, 1-man show, World Forestry Center, Portland, OR
1994  ‘The Gardens of Kyoto’, 1-man show, Portland Japanese Garden, Portland, OR

 

AWARDS & GRANTS

2006  Garden Writer’s Assoc. Silver Award, Magazine photography
2004  GWA Garden Globe Award. Newspaper photography
2002  GWA Garden Globe Award, Portfolio
2000  GWA Quill & Trowel Award, Portfolio
1999  GWA Quill & Trowel Award, Magazine cover
1999  GWA Quill & Trowel Award, Book photography
1995  Regional Arts & Cultural Council, Portland, OR – technical assistance grant
1994  Regional Arts & Cultural Council, Portland, OR – technical assistance gran

 

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS

Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon
Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum, Washington DC
General Electric Management Development Institute
Private collections in the US, Canada, Japan and Europe

 

JUROR

2003, 2005, 2009, 2010 — Garden Writers Association National Media Awards, Washington, DC
1998-2000 — Northwest Flower & Garden Show, Seattle, WA

 

EDUCATION

1976  MFA, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
1974  BA, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA