Before moving from Virginia to Wyoming’s Wind River country in 1997, and the move to Colorado in 2008, I spent almost forty years documenting the vanishing people and landscapes of the Appalachians. Mine is a poetic and classic view of rural America, and I portray the land in a traditional and representational genre. Each of my museum-quality images is a projection of my artistry and my vision of the world. The spring of 2005 represented a major turning point in my life. I printed my last silver sulfide image. Far from being a sad moment for me, I have headed off in another direction using the latest in digital technology. Now at age 83, I am off on a new and exciting adventure. I now think Pixels rather than Silver Particles. But my view of the world around me has not changed. I am still inspired by the gentle, the noble and dignified, and the beautiful unfolding of life as I see it.
This image was made during the fall of 2015 in SW Utah. It was one of three parks that we visited on this trip, but the park we enjoyed the most was Capital Reef because it was the least crowded. Zion was packed with vehicles and it was very difficult to find a place to pull over unless you left early in the morning before sunrise. Once in a continuous line of traffic, you had to stay there until you were lucky enough to find a parking spot. Otherwise, it became a drive through. That is not the way I like to enjoy the scenery.
Bryce was much better, and we had more than enough space to walk and view the dramatic erosional features. Capital Reef was more to our liking, and we'll be quick to go back for a second viewing this coming fall. The erosional features in these three parks are dramatically different. But this is typical of Utah. The landscape changes fast as you travel along.