My active interest in photography began in 1998. After several changes in my life I found myself in a position to immerse myself in learning and practicing the art. Being the youngest of seven children (all of whom have varied artistic talent), I found that my creative outlet was the medium of photography. Naturally I chose the scenic beauty of the Northwest as my inspiration.
Originally I started with a simple 35mm camera and film, exploring the areas of the state my father loved - the Oregon Coast and the forests of the state - particularly the Columbia River Gorge. With a great amount of zeal and excitement I worked diligently to create beautiful images to share with my family and friends. Through this learning period I experienced some disappointments and a few successes, but it only encouraged me to further improve my art and learn more. Eventually I settled on films and equipment to advance to some degree of personal satisfaction and enjoyment. Along the way I met many great friends and photographers I still learn from to this day.
Around 2005 I experienced a total loss of my then beloved Canon EOS 1V and professional lens to a mishap along a Gorge stream. I replaced the loss with my first digital camera, and have never looked back. The ability to work with digital in the digital darkroom of my home only increased my passion. Soon as I was doing my own printing, along with mat cutting and here of late, frame building.
Late last year I probably made the most significant purchase of my career - the high-quality Canon 5D Mark II - an amazing piece of technology. The improved processing and resolution of this high megapixel camera amazes me in so many ways.
I have marketed prints for some years now, but in the end the true reward and pleasure from my endeavors has been the enjoyment of nature, and sharing these images as I have from the beginning, with family and friends.
I hope you enjoy the images I showcase here!
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