Although photography is my primary medium, I have tried many other forms of art over the years. When I was an art student at Indiana University – Fort Wayne in the late 90’s I had to take classes in drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, and printmaking. I am starting to show some of the better examples of my non-photographic art in a new section of my website.
This softground etching was one of my favorites from the printmaking classes I took as an undergrad. The scene is one I found in Ohio near Saint Marys, where I went to photograph a wedding. I did a lot of wedding photography back then to raise money for school.
This oil painting is a self-portrait, made looking in a mirror, done for an advanced painting class.
This a lithograph printed from a limestone block. I made this last month in a graduate level printmaking class that I am taking from Chris Ganz at Indiana University – Fort Wayne.
I signed up for the class to learn a process called Photo-Etching, but Professor Ganz convinced me to try lithography as well. The process was labor intensive and difficult but really fun. I didn’t think I would be interested in it at first, but I’d like to do more with it.
This three color lithograph was made from the same stone as the black and white version above. The stone was reworked with steel scrapers and needles after each color was printed to allow different areas to show different colors and tones.
This abandoned storefront in the Pevert Building next to Twenty Past Four at the corner of Broadway and Thompson Avenue in Fort Wayne, Indiana caught my eye earlier this summer. The door says “Life is Good”.
Recently I noticed that the drug paraphernalia store next door had put their name in the windows of the Life is Good store. It must be for them!
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Sandpoint TV Service is one of those rarities in the modern world, an independent locally owned appliance store. It has been located on Lower Huntington Road in Waynedale longer than I have lived. My parents bought a TV here when I was a kid, and they got it serviced here at least once that I can remember. Back then, people had electronics repaired when they broke. Today, you throw it out and buy a new one.
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These are the mailboxes in the entranceway to the apartment building where I live in Waynedale. As usual, we got nothing but junk mail. The bulletin board above has notices exhorting residents to refrain from smoking in the halls and allowing their friends to sit on the front steps drinking!
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