Series of Swimming Drawings and Photographs
I have been a swimmer since childhood and through my early 20’s in rivers, lakes and the waterways made from strip mines in Illinois. Now I swim in indoor pools and the occassional natural body of water. Moving through water was then, as it is now, a cathartic experience and one which brought me a freedom of movement and of spirit.

Towards the Light, graphite on paper, 2009

Swimming seems a metaphor for moving through the stages of my life, encompassing the passage of time, the various events that shape days and situations. Gliding through water without the need to move faster than my body of the day allows, gives me time to reflect. I have grieved in water, felt elated, planned days and work during the rhythmic swimming of laps. To swim seems essential to creative expression.

This series of work comprises of drawings and photographs which I started making a few years ago and continue to this day.

     

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gypsyray

I studied drawing and photography during the 1970’s in the Fine Art Programme at the University of Iowa. An institution with renown for its Writer’s Workshop it also boasted an enlightened fine art programme, one of the first in the United States to incorporate photography into its degree programme giving full acknowledgment to the medium’s creative value. I received my undergraduate degree from this university and went on to receive a Masters in photography so that I might earn my living teaching this art form. I did this for over 25 years, in Art Departments throughout Central California at institutions such as the University of California at Berkeley, San Francisco City College, the University of California at Santa Cruz Extension Programme and Cabrillo College. During my career I have managed to maintain a strong studio practice and have been fortunate to have my work, both photography and drawing, published, exhibited and placed in collections internationally.

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