“Without loving your subject there is no passion
and without passion you shouldn’t be photographing.”
Here’s what I feel about my work. Today that is. Don’t ask me tomorrow when I’m flea bitten and covered in doggy hair. I’ve gone from Dolly Parton to Poodles. From George Jones to Jack Russels. From Lyle Lovett to Labradors. All in a blink of an eye or so it seems. After 25 years of shooting Country Music singers I turned my lens to my other favorite beings on the planet. Pooches. I saw more Men In Hats than a Marine DI.
Portraits in Fur came to me via a painting my wife gave me. I stared at the 19th Century heirloom for years till I had a OH DUH moment. I can do that! I bath dogs in classic light giving them a painterly look while bringing out their unique personality. And best of all there are no tongues hanging out. And there is eye contact. And so it’s art from a soulful place hanging in living rooms all over Nashville. I’m getting kissed daily and don’t mind the doggy breath.
“Dog Day Afternoons” – Nashville Arts (Feb, 2011) Download PDF (3.6mb)
Sarrat Gallery, Vanderbilt University: “Dianas, Brownies, Pinholes” Nashville 1998
The Light Factory, Charlotte, NC: “Shooting Stars” 1990
Cheekwood Fine Arts Center, Nashville “Nash/Nashville Names” 1990
University of Alabama Fine Arts Gallery: “Nash/Nashville Names” 1991
AKA Gallery, Nashville: “Frame of Reference” Nashville 1994
Hank Williams Jr.
Lou Gossett Jr.
Tom T. Hall
Oak Ridge Boys
Billy Ray Cyrus
Brooks & Dunn
Mighty Clouds of Joy
Art Center College of Design
Pasadena, CA 1979