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Photography has held my interest since my youth. My father photographed his seven children with a Pentax K1000, and willingly passed on bits of advice to those who would listen. In 1995, I purchased my first camera from meager savings. I found college photography classes uninspiring, but thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent in the darkroom developing landscape photographs of the wooded areas on campus. Although I now shoot with a digital camera a Canon 20D or 5D - my experience with film photography laid the groundwork for my artistic career.

I shoot a wide variety of subjects, but landscape photography has captured my heart. I am enthralled by the beauty of water, stone, and sky. There is nothing more remarkable to me than the power of nature subtle and constant erosion caused by water and wind can create landscapes every bit as astonishing as those shaped by a cataclysmic volcanic eruption. Nature is incredibly diverse quiet streams and roaring waterfalls, burning desert sands and mossy riverbanks, silent snowfall and raging summer storms that variety insures that I can never capture the same scene twice in the same way. For me, capturing a unique moment in nature is absolutely satisfying.

Landscape photography is demanding. In order to get the perfect shot, it is necessary to put forth great effort. I love hiking long trails through wilderness, crossing rivers on slippery stones, and climbing sand dunes by the light of the moon. I thrive on rising before the sun in order to capture those first rays of light on the landscape. I am irresistibly drawn to the challenge of finding the right light, in the right place, at the right time. For me, photography is a passion that will last a lifetime.

More of my landscapes can be viewed at Please feel free to contact me with questions or comments. Thanks!
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