My first camera, given to me around the age of nine, was an Agfa 35mm. My enthusiasm for taking pictures was not dampened by my consistently poor compositions. At about the age of 12, I found myself making drawings by dipping toothpicks in ink. These black and white works left a lasting impression on me.
In 1972 I attended the Rocky Mountain School of Art, a commercial art school in Denver. I began painting in both acrylics and oils, and shortly thereafter began a journey in wood working, at which I still make a living. Over the years I have returned to abstract painting numerous times, which has no doubt influenced my photography.
In the late 1970’s I again crossed paths with photography by taking a class that allowed me not only access to a dark room, but the use of an Olympus half-frame camera. I so enjoyed the experience that I promptly took the course again. Eventually I acquired a Pentax K1000, which I used until digital cameras appeared. In the early 1980’s I studied architecture at Texas Tech and The University of Texas at Arlington. That experience imbued my sense of proportion with a consideration for geometric proportions such as the golden ratio, which is exhibited in the vast natural forms of nature and has been used by architects and artists through the ages. I find it useful in both design and composition.
I am drawn to complex and abstract images. I find the ever-changing patterns created in water, fluid or frozen, delightful. Rocks and their formations have always captured my imagination. The endless moods and effects that lighting has on those forms enchant me. The magical rock formations that nature has left exposed in Joshua Tree National Park, some 80 miles east of Los Angeles, leave me in awe. I currently use a Canon 5D2.