I was born, raised, and educated in Ohio. For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be an artist; I’ve wanted to travel, to discover things. Photography was one of the many things I studied in college. I lived in Washington DC for several years, working as an art director, until one day I quit and decided to make photographs until something better came along. Nothing did. It has been 50 years since I got my first camera. I still own it, and I still love to make photographs.
My life is a balancing act between the worlds of commerce, art, and academia. I enjoy them all, but they feed each other. They have taken me places I may never have gone to otherwise, like the oil fields of Prudhoe Bay, Paris, the White House in Washington DC, five summers teaching in Rome, and an afternoon at a Yakima middle school.
My photo heroes are Eugene Atget, Duane Michals and Ross Chapple. Like my heroes, I strive to capture authentic moments in my work. I use the camera to create a sense of order and elegance. I have always viewed my photography as an act of discovery, a journey to see something I have never seen before.
“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there”