Not yet diagnosed with Bipolar disorder, as a young photographer, I taught myself how to shoot. What I couldn’t yet grasp was that great photography was about light frozen in time. The challenge I struggled with for decades, was learning to appreciate the light in my own life. With treatment, I came to understand that the act of seeing and capturing light literally pushes away the darkness I battle most days. Viewing the world through a camera helps me find peace. Every image is a reminder that the beauty of this world can be mine to enjoy too. I now realize that my “specialty” isn’t wildlife, landscape or street photography. It is helping others find refuge from their own darkness, if only for a second, by appreciating the light in my pictures. That’s why I frame my work so tightly. I want to be sure viewers see exactly what I did when I pressed the shutter.
44 years after first trying out my dad’s camera, looking through a lens still feels like magic. After sharing my work for others’ enjoyment all those years, in late 2018 I decided to turn professional. Six months later, I had edited 160,000+ photos, and posted my favorites here. Since then, I'm proud that galleries, arts centers and a museum in Colorado, California, New Mexico, North Carolina, Kentucky, Oregon, New York, Minnesota, Missouri, Wyoming, Massachusetts, Virginia, Kansas, Florida, Texas and Scotland have invited me to exhibit my work. The Burren College of Art in Ireland and the Unpack Havana Studio in Cuba have accepted me into their Residency Programs in 2021. And, I am profoundly grateful to the gallery owners, curators, judges and collectors who have supported my evolution as a professional artist, even if I got a late start.