I was born and raised on a farm outside the small town of Crestline, Ohio. I spent a great deal of time outside and learned to appreciate nature and enjoy the outdoors.
I attended college at the United States Air Force Academy in beautiful Colorado Springs, Colorado. That helped me to achieve two of my goals in life: to be an Air Force Pilot and an officer in the United States Air Force.
Since then, I have lived in Colorado, North Carolina (twice), Alaska, Arkansas, New Jersey and Germany. I have been fortunate enough to travel extensively and have visited all continents except Australia. Future trips on my bucket list are African Safari (Tanzania), Yellowstone National Park in winter, Iceland, Svalbard, and Australia/New Zealand (a promised retirement trip for my wife). Although I didn’t grow up there, Alaska will always be my personal paradise and a place I will live again someday.
As I traveled the world, my interest in photography progressively grew. Perfectly timed with the rise of digital photography, I was assigned to Anchorage, Alaska. Alaska’s outdoor beauty combined with its abundance of wildlife pushed my interest beyond just that of a hobby as friends started asking to buy my images and calendars.
Since then, my images have been internationally published and displayed at the Photographers Hall of Fame in Oklahoma. I have given photography presentations throughout the US and in Canada as well. Several images are award winners in a variety of contest including international juried contests. I also have sold my photos at craft fairs throughout the United States. I have been a member of the North American Nature Photographer’s Associtation (NANPA) since 2004 as well as the Alaska Society of Outdoor and Nature Photographers (ASONP) since 2003.
By far, my favorite aspect of photography is shooting wildlife. Moose and brown bears would be my favorite two animals to photograph because I think they display such a wide range of personality and behavior, but I can be equally captivated by a ground squirrel or marmot.
I have been blessed in photography to have a great mentor, Nick Fucci (www.nickfucciphoto.com). Other inspirations include Art Wolfe, Tom Mangelson, John Shaw, Tim Fitzharris, and Moose Peterson.