All my life I have lived a bifurcated existence, with one foot in science and the other in the arts.  In college I majored in Biology and ultimately had a great career as a science teacher for 34 years, 22 as department chair for a High School and Junior High School. 

When I retired I began volunteering at the American Museum of Natural History where I learned to prepare fossils. At the University of California, Santa Barbara with its collection of trees and shrubs from all over the world, I was taken by the colors found in Eucalyptus trees and began photographing them in 2010. Concentrating on the colors and patterns resulted in abstractions. I learned to digitally intensify the colors, which led me to begin looking at tree bark in a unique way. In my travels I have developed an eye for the subtle colors in all sorts of bark. I have moved towards texture as well as the colors I can elicit. I now have a portfolio of over 500 images.

©2020 Jim Klausen