What drives artists? What do they struggle with, delight in, come back to time and again?
It was an honor to film and produce six short artist profiles, in which the artists themselves attempt to answer these questions.
Come to St. Stephen’s during the month of February and see an exhibit of my photographs from the Dominican Republic.
Prints and framed images are available for sale. All proceeds donated to support this summer’s youth mission trip to the DR.
“Each person shines with his or her own light. No two flames are alike. There are big flames and little flames, flames of every color. Some people’s flames are so still they don’t even flicker in the wind, while others have wild flames that fill the air with sparks. Some foolish flames neither burn nor shed light, but others blaze with life so fiercely that you can’t look at them without blinking, and if you approach, you shine in the fire.”
–Eduardo Galeano, The Book of Embraces
Big news: I started working full-time this week as a videographer at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts!
I wasn’t really looking for a full-time job, honestly, and would not have pursued a job from just any organization. The VMFA videographer position was enticing because I know (from doing previous contract work with the museum) that there is a treasure trove of stories here.
Working in freelance, I’ve gotten a broad view of many organizations which do all kinds of amazing work. Now at VMFA, I get to dive deep into one place and hopefully use a greater variety of techniques and styles of storytelling.
What are my hopes? I simply hope to create videos that people love to watch and want to share. Videos that inspire people want to visit the museum and keep coming back. Videos that make people proud that the VMFA is here in Richmond. Videos that get people excited to engage with art. Videos that help tell a larger story of an artist or a work of art. Videos that personalize the museum, that tell that story of people behind-the-scenes. Videos that are beautifully shot and creatively produced.
Portraits of poet and teacher, Leslie Shiel, for her soon-to-be published chapbook.
Here is another fun video I produced for Sabot at Stony Point school:
I know that my friends, the Whorleys, look like models assembled to act like a family for a magazine shoot. But they are real. They really do look and love this beautifully.
How to do show young people what mediation is? Here’s a video I made for St. Stephen’s youth program that demonstrates in a humorous way the experience of meditation–recognizing the storm inside us and then, hopefully, watching it pass.