As a young boy growing up in rural Upstate New York, I turned to the seemingly endless expanse of forest behind my home to occupy my time. Walking through thick old growth hemlock forests with the strong scent of pine permeating the air, I began to form a strong sense of appreciation and amazement for all things natural. Wanting to share the beauty, awe, and emotion that I felt while surrounded by nature, I turned to photography in the summer of 2004. Photography allows me to create works of art that simultaneously display the beautiful reality of nature while also allowing me to showcase my own vision and personal style. Now living on the outskirts of our nation’s capital, I continue to escape the emotional drain of the city by spending time within local natural areas as well as traveling across the country.