As much as I love to paint, I can spend long periods of time without grabbing a brush. However, I cannot go a day without taking a picture. I rely on photography a lot—it helps me observe nature and focus on details that inevitably find their way into my paintings and collage. I often wish I could do photography by just blinking my eyes. I’m constantly shooting photos with my mind when I can’t pick up the camera fast enough before the opportunity vanishes. Maybe in a not-so-distant future we’ll have intelligent contact lenses that act as cameras—like in sci-fi movies. I’ll use them!

When I was in college I took a few photography classes, but I’ve never been technical about my approach to taking pictures. For me, choosing ...

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