I look for the darkness in the light, the mystery in the everyday.
I spend my time blending nature and the figure into a narrative for the viewer.
My mind is wandering, wondering, where my next image hides.
I concede to my impulses and instincts to bring mysteries to light.
Beyond the Deep
Let the Winds Blow
Hiding in her Sadness
As in a Dream
Hiding in the Shadows
One Black Hand
Places we can go
Fish out of Water
Light on her Feet
Far away land
In urban and suburban environments, lives are often in the mist of cluttered surroundings bound with constraints of the rapid pace of our society.
The concept of returning to nature breaking free from the bonds that encircle us, inspired me to develop this series of collages.
In nature I find a sanctuary of peace and tranquility. My mind and spirit are comforted by the environment surrounding me. For me there are no agendas to think about as I find myself drawn into deep emotional womb of mother nature.
These images are from an ongoing collage series titled “Escape.”
Birds of Glory
According to the Audubon Society the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) which was passed in 1918 to protect native species birds from being, killed, hunted, sold or possessed is being threaten today.
These images are to remind us of the harmony and balance in nature. The portrayal of “Birds of Glory Series” has been inspired by the painters that depicted the pristine Arcadian landscape in the early 1800’s before the rise of the Industrial Revolution
My work has been created to meld the Arcadian landscape with current birds of today.
These images are to remind us of the harmony and balance that occurs in nature. The birds are a metaphor for our fragile environment and the role each of us play as stewards of our natural world.
The winter in Iceland reduces everything to a still white landscape, producing an environment of isolation – vast, barren and cold. Photographing this infertile landscape felt as though I was dropped on a strange and wonderful terrain of extreme simplicity. I would be challenged physically, mentally, and in ways I could not predict as I explored this landscape.
There are very few trees in Iceland therefore wood is not a resource. The energy is either Geothermal or Hydrothermal coming from the many geysers. These geysers, boiling rock of volcanic earth with clouds, mist and fog, give evidence of earth’s power at every turn.
My original intention was to see and photograph the Northern Lights of Iceland. Yet my photography experience was expanded because my fellow photographers encouraged me into climbing a magnificent glacier and a whole new world of photographic opportunities opened up to me. Although terrified, and with a few deep breathes and one foot in front of the other I embraced the journey.
Iceland gave me the opportunity to photograph the Northern Lights and find unprecedented beauty and grandness in its night time skies, it’s glaciers and its severe landscape.
Painting on the original photographs gives me the ability to add surface detail and depth to this broad panorama of starkness. These photographs have been painted using the encaustic process. Each image has layers of organic beeswax applied to the surface. When the wax has cooled each piece is then hand-painted with oils.
All photographs are made on fiber-based paper with archival inks.
There are 15 images in this collection
Sizes from- 16x20 to 32x36
Lite from Within
Geometry in Nature
Topiary, the art of growing dense, leafy plants by pruning or training them into three-dimensional geometric or animal-like forms, can trace it roots to the ancient Romans. During the 1700s in Europe, topiary gardens were popular among wealthy landowners. The first topiary garden in the United States was created in Rhode Island around the turn of the twentieth century.
These living sculptures have been the focus of photographer Hope Kahn since 2010. Her fascination with evergreen yew clipped into cones, cubes, spirals, and many other shapes has led her to visit and photograph majestic gardens in Maryland, California, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. She is drawn to the poetic nature of topiary gardens and how they enhance the exquisite beauty, mystery, and symbolism of their surreal landscapes.
Geometry In Nature focuses on the symmetry of forms found in beautifully structured gardens and how human interaction with nature can create playful, contemplative, and serene public environments. Kahn’s work has been published in the magazines National Aperture and Philadelphia and is found in numerous corporate collections including Glaxo Smith Kline, Kerner & Kerner, The Rittenhouse Hotel, Sterling Drug Company, and Price Waterhouse. This work made it's debut at SFO Museum in a Solo Show.