My love of nature and art began at a very early age. I began painting in grade school, and my favorite subjects to paint were the landscapes that I found in scenic calendars. In college, I studied Fine Art and expanded my appreciation of art under the tutelage of reknowned print master, Dan Welden. My interest in photography came from carrying a point-n-shoot film camera on hikes and climbs in the mountains. When I moved to Northern California in 2002, I bought my first DSLR and became more serious about my hobby. In 2005, I received an honorable mention in the Banff Mountain Photography Competition, the only amateur to win, and that inspired me to work even harder on my photography skills. Since then, I have received numerous awards and my work has appeared in venues around the globe. I am the author of several books, most recently The Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, published by Sklyine Press. I am a former moderator and frequent contributor to naturephotographers.net, the best nature photography site on the internet. My goal as a photographer is to capture brief moments of time, and freeze them for an eternity, so that we can experience that special moment and realize the great joy that life brings to us. I am also passionate about preservation and conservation of our wild natural areas, and hope that my photography inspires us to take an active role in saving this great planet.
I am currently working hard on my 5th music album, and hope to combine my photogrpahy with video in an effort to marry my twin passions of art and music.