I am a Colorado native who resided in Colorado Springs until I was a senior in high school. My love of the outdoors probably started with the annual family trek camping in the mountains near Gunnison and the later fishing trips around Lake George. Somewhere along the line I was given a camera and began capturing our adventures. A critical look at those early images indicates that there was a lot of room for improvement. Still, I continued taking the occasional photograph through college and during my first career as a software engineer.
In the late 1980s I decided to pursue photography as more than a casual hobby. I began studying to become a better photographer by attending educational events. My instruction began with the occasional half-day seminar. Week-end workshops followed and then came intense week-long workshops. In these week-long workshops I was able to get critiques, advice and best of all develop relationships with some of our best contemporary photographers. I have been to many terrific venues but my favorite workshops were those held in Jackson Hole, Wyoming by Rich Clarkson, former director of photography for National Geographic. In this magnificent location Rich brings together a wealth of talent and diversity, from former and current photographers with National Geographic to picture editors from prestigious magazines like Time, Life, and Newsweek.
In the past 40 years I have worked hard to improve my skills by attending over a dozen workshops and seminars. With the improvement and confidence gained from these workshops came the self-assurance to strike out and begin my second career as a photographer in 2005. My thanks go out to all of the instructors and fellow photographers who assisted me along the way. Becoming a full time photographer has proven challenging but also very rewarding. I get pleasure out of the experience – being there and taking the photograph. I get satisfaction when I go back to edit my work and find a nugget or two that really stand out. And finally, I find great delight in sharing my work with others so that they can, for a moment, step out of their daily lives and see a piece of Nature’s beauty the way that I saw it. I hope that you enjoy viewing my work as much as I enjoyed creating it!