My Romance with Mexico taught me a wonderful lesson about my profession. I need to feel the memories, hopes, and passions of an entire people. I have to lose myself in their oldest beliefs, their sacred dances, the laughter of their children, and the wisdom of their elders. I searched the landscapes with my cameras and I experienced the warmth and wonder of their customs. I find the world of Mexico passionate, colorful, and framed by song. The architecture, the beautiful churches, and the grandest public art anywhere is but a few of her charms. Romancing her is truly special.
For the 2010 Mexican Bicentennial celebration in Dallas, I created a body of work consisting of 41 pieces in conjunction with the Mexican consulate, celebrating the history of the country. The work was displayed the following year in Austin.
On a recent trip to Egypt, I am reminded that anything my lens can capture my soul can embrace. I seek out the hopes, memories, and passions of an entire culture. Egypt is mysterious, alluring, and exotic, with endless treasures to explore. I float theNile, watching the shore shimmer in the heat and walk on holy ground at Coptic Church. At St. Catherine's Monastery, I witness the bush where it is said God spoke to Moses. I sail on a wooden felucca to one of the last Nubian villages and ride camels with a tribe of Bedouin gypsies in the vast Sinia Desert. Entering the Tomb of Rameses IV, I am overwhelmed by the fantastic art and heiroglyphics. Egypt awakens a new light in my spirit and I am excited to develop the thousands of photographs. As I see Egypt fade in my airline window, I drift to sleep, hoping my dreams will bring me back for another encounter with the ancient kingdom.