After finishing high school in Iowa, I joined the Navy. In my free time I would visit the base library, inside I found photography books that allowed me to travel through time and visit exotic places. I was curious how you made a career out of what seemed like a hobby.
While living in Oregon I signed up for art classes where I learned the basic principles of photography. A couple years later I moved to Maine where I got a job working with a commercial still life photographer who educated me in most technical aspects of photography.
I left Maine for New York City where I worked as a freelance photo assistant. I gained experience in almost every genre of professional photography. I also took advantage of the frequent museum exhibits and gallery shows, which allowed me to contrast my commercial knowledge with abstract visual concepts. Eventually I began to work on my own projects with clients including Martha Stewart Living, House Beautiful, Conde Nast, and Nordstrom.
Currently I live in the Midwest, not far from where I started. Thanks for your interest in my work.