Tom is the first photographer to talk too in this March series. It is amazing to me how many of my "art " friends have PhD's in the sciences. And many of my full time art friends spouses are usually in the stem fields. It is interesting how art and science weaves together. Tom has his PhD in Physics. I love Tom's photography , my favorites are when he focuses in on something in nature like a leaf, and everything in the peripheral becomes abstract.
He has traveled extensively. And has stories to tell of every photograph. I ask him once about a specific photo taken in California of the Pacific. The light the colors are amazing in it. He told me about find the spot earlier in the day and scoping it out, planing on taking his lovely wife out for dinner and returning at the perfect time to capture the light. The way he told it made me chuckle.
What are the major themes you pursue in your work
Major themes are natural landscapes, abstracts, and macro photos. I try to discover the subjects during the best light to give a dramatic image.
What was the best advice given to you as an artist? Think about what you are trying to convey in the photograph and then simplify the composition as much as possible.
Prefer to work with music or in silence? What music?Usually work in silence without music. If I do have music on its Public Radio station.
How would you describe your studio , messy not being able to find things readily or the Martha Stewart of Studio's?
Certainly not a Martha place. when I am busy, its pretty messy and then when the activity settles down I clean up a bit.
If you could pick any pieces of art to live with what would they be ?Probably classical landscapes from the masters, French Impressionistic
Who are your favorite writers?
Don't really have any favorites. Read a lot of Patterson novels.