Continually immersed in visual arts and natural surroundings as a kid in western Colorado, I knew from an early age my desire to express visually. My work encompasses culture, people, landscape and indigenous qualities.
Distribution: Magazine publications, commercial clients, stock, print sales and video/editing production.
My learning path: Essentially self-taught, with mentoring by Ansel Adams and collegial collaboration with other master photographers.
Teaching: The art of creating visually, soup to nuts techniques, black and white film and darkroom archival printing, and candid portraiture. A favorite has been putting cameras in kids' hands, across many cultures to enable them to share their kid language. Venues: Various community colleges,The SummerVail Art Institute, wilderness indigenous programs and workshops.
In my early twenties, I landed on Navajo land in Arizona and stayed for many years. There, I documented culture, sacred sites and landscape by invitation of various indigenous wisdom keepers.
This indigenous collaborative work has expanded into Canada and the First Nations tribes. Along the way, Arizona Commission on the Arts has funded bodies of this indigenous work.
The Colorado Commission on the Arts, and and Eagle-Vail Arts Councils have also funded some of my major projects throughout the west slope of Colorado. My deep roots in farming and ranching have led me to document homesteaders throughout the Vail valley and the community of farmers surrounding my hometown of Fruita, Colorado.
Other interests: Working with musicians, festivals and record producers.
I'm about five years into becoming a competent videographer and editor. This work continues expanding artistically and commercially, to the point I am venturing into creating short documentary productions.
As a licensed therapist, I also utilize art therapy, movement and the wilderness.