(a firetender's relationship to his art...)
Pull up a chair and sit a minute. I want to share something with you.
Can I get you something to drink, or...? Great...let's just chat for a
This whole photography thing has turned my life upside down!
I've been a
photographer since my mid-twenties; a personal pleasure and joy sorta
thing, some press exposure. Was official still photographer for my
movie, Healer Had
a color darkroom for a while. Loved the
When I moved to Maui, I was focused on communicating about and teaching
healing arts. On Oahu, I refined my book about
experiences as a paramedic, and then I moved to Maui specifically with
the intent of setting up a spiritual counseling
and my workshop, The
heART of the Healer .
That was not to be quite yet because, as you can see, my photography
took a bounce into the Twilight
Zone! For a while there, I thought I was an Artiste!
WHEW! that was a close call!
I got "shown" in galleries around Maui, which many say is one of the
top 5 Art Marketplaces in the world! When it came to
there and selling my images, however, I was a total failure! I could not
represent myself as an artist. I gave a lot of my work away; a
honor the Spirits that allowed me to capture them.
the Curator/Director of Hawaii's most prestigious art gallery sent me
an e-mail which articulated clearly
dilemma. It praised my work and rejected it at the same time!
really had to
ask myself, "What are you doing with your art? What is it's purpose?"
Somehow, I had to integrate whatever came
through me into the larger picture of my work
in the healing arts. This website is the result.
After two years of showings I pulled
my work out of the galleries, built a
gallery/studio/treatment room in my home for "invitation only" viewing
and then began using Giclées from thestoryofthis...
for counseling sessions. I would only sell the art from that series to
people I knew or had worked with, and to whom they were personally
meaningful for use as icons of healing. That's how I want to keep doing
was, through mechanical glitches in my computer and
printer, a new way of altering key elements of my photography without
of PhotoShop or any other program revealed itself to me. The printer
became more than something that executes the delivery of an image. By
manipulating the physical function of the printer, it became my
actually turning Giclee into a valid art form!
I originally took the "shots" that comprise thestoryofthis... with no idea they
would come out the way they did. Thus, they were "pure" and
minimally influenced by conscious decisions on my part to choose or
frame a shot in anticipation of a desired effect. The images that came
out of the printer were a complete surprise to me.
the start, I knew they were not decoration; they were
healers in their own right!
with them as counseling tools,
I am clear the images fulfill their role: to be
metaphoric mirrors of what is living inside of the viewer in the
moment. I did not create that role, I only recognized what was
happening in myself and others. Now, this first series (via thestoryofthis... website) is available to
anyone who wishes to use it as a tool to help them explore their inner
territory -- without me or anyone else getting in the way!
These images know
what they're doing!
(Primarily because YOU know what you're doing!)
In the process of learning (by reverse-engineering) what happened
to achieve the effects that came out in that series, I became aware of
the techniques necessary to compose, light and shoot images that best
would take advantage of the effects I could achieve. I learned to
produce images that
conveyed a "here/not here" quality.
I then learned how to sharpen "all" my eyes to recognize the right
photograph and began building another series, now called Images for Healing
That series is evocative
too, but because I knew better what I was doing, I won't
present them as the clear channel that I recognize thestoryofthis... to be. In this
very moment, I'm going to tag another descriptor onto the Images for Healing; they are Inspirational
as well, and that
may very well be an expression of my own more conscious orientation as
Obviously, my artistic/healing expressions have not stopped with these
two series. In fact, I will be consistently adding new images to
this web site, many in slide show form for ease of viewing. Each image
will be identified by name or number. A great showcase for an overview
of my art is on the Saatchi
Online Gallery site. I am open to selling selected images as
Remember, each is infused with my primary tool
as a healer -- the
Intent that everything coming through me acts as a vehicle for healing.
If an image on this site looks useful, pick what you want (right
click on the image to get its i.d.) e-mail me, and we'll work
on getting it or them to you in the size and on the material of your
choice. In the process, I'd like to learn a bit about who you are and
your vision for its use. Perhaps some day I'll want to get rich
and go for mass sales, but for today I prefer to really use this site
as a vehicle for personal connection.
I have no doubt that these images will
as hard for you and the people
with whom you connect
as they do for me and mine!
Just watch your
clients coming from your waiting room,
and into your treatment room.
They'll bring in curiosities or insights to you just as if they
had engaged in
stimulating conversation with other people waiting with
And you'll chuckle to
yourself because you know
the waiting room was empty -- except for them!
was a blatant Sales Pitch to avoid accusations of not trying at all!)
For all of us, in support of health and happiness,