"I love painting. Winslow Homer, James McNeill Whistler, the Ashcan School, Edward Hopper, Andrew Wyeth, Vilhelm Hammershoi and a host of others- they all move me. For years I photographed in black and white on film. Then, as now, I love the medium. But throughout that period I envied painters and their ability to embrace a palette, to create fictional spaces and characters, to rely upon surfaces and textures and create lighting to capture a mood or emotion.
The issue for me is not to create a photograph that looks like a painting. Rather, the opportunity is to create an image that comes closer to the visions that I have carried in my head and which move me. It is the melding of elements of both photography and painting that intrigues me. I aim for a dialogue between the two. I find that visual conversation enriching.
These images of girls and young women coming of age in a rural environment reflect a subject studied by many of the painters whose work I so admire."