I make tree portraits. My work is based on the idea that if an oak or any tree can be seen as a unique individual, a living thing with a personality and history, it becomes harder to minimize its significance and easier to recognize its value to local culture. In today’s world this is a crucial step toward protecting a tree from thoughtless removal.

What began for me 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, my relationship 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. I often paint the images extensively to reach my personal expressive goals.

Artist Statement

I make tree portraits. My work is based on the idea that if an oak or any tree can be seen as a unique individual, a living thing with a personality and history, it becomes harder to minimize its significance and easier to recognize its value to local culture. In today’s world this is a crucial step toward protecting a tree from thoughtless removal.

What began for me 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, my relationship 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. I often paint the images extensively to reach my personal expressive goals.