"Iím tied to the creeks and marshes of the Southern coast...the Low Country. I spent many days as a teenager exploring the creeks and marshes of this region. The ebbs and flows of the tides of its unique ecosystem flow in my very soul. As with most areas, rapid development has changed it, and still is changing it with increasing fervor. With my work, Iím trying to capture its spirit and convey the emotion I feel when Iím out in it. Hopefully, people will be touched by the images and will desire to preserve some of it.
The things I see during scouting, on the way to and from a particular locationóseeing dolphins, osprey, a bald eagle catch a fish or a fawn at waterís edgeóitís all so magical even if I donít expose a single sheet of film. This environment also is the reason for the sepia tone of my work. These special places are old and timeless, and this technique conveys that feeling.
Iím drawn to the coastal creeks, but it seems that itís always toward the trees. Theyíre a reoccurring theme in my work. I think it goes back to my childhood of climbing and playing in trees. I can remember climbing big live oaks and sitting on limbs overhanging the water. I find trees and the forest to be very calming places for me.