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Before my commitment to photography as the medium of choice for my art, I was educated in the history of western art and the art of Japan and found three themes of great interest- the portrait, the nude, and the still life. Artists who most influenced my work were Rembrandt - the dramatic portrait, Delacroix- the erotic nude, Van Gogh- the expressive still life, Caravaggio -powerful chiaroscuro, and Japanese Ukiyo-e Bigin-ja prints (portraits of beautiful women) by Utamaro, Eishi and Eisen.
I consider each of my platinum print to be a unique art object, due to the variables involved in making each print by hand. This method results in subtle differences in each print in terms of color, contrast and mood.
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