My portfolio features the highlights of my three most recent series of explorations with local foods. I started with the Vanitas where I selected the most perfect foods and cast them in a timeless light. These still life images contemplate biodiverse local foods in their prime waiting to replenish the viewer visually. I progressed to the second series, Visual Feast where I used local foods that are just one or two hours old from their harvest in translucent light table image recordings.
In my final and current series, Organicscape Tableaux, I combine drawing, printing, and sculpting on paper, along with more organic materials, to build a tableau for each photograph. Each scene features the patterns, shapes, and colors of sustainable growing processes used for the foods shown. Some of these patterns include compost, insects, earthworms, rotation crops, and heirloom seeds.
The Winter Asparagus Tableau includes multiple graphics and photos of layered organic soil and compost. The Heirloom Squash Tableau weaves in patterns and photos of honeycombs to signify the importance of bees and pollination. The Apple Tableau includes graphics of horizontal pruning methods and layers of compost piles. And the Winter Fruit Tableau includes the patterns of earthworms along with heirloom seeds.
Through my art I hope to inspire people to embrace local foods and be nourished visually in a busy modern world.