I’m an image maker and I use some of the same tools and techniques as the old masters of oil painting, and I use state-of-the-art digital photographic equipment. And sometimes I literally draw with my fingers. If it involves making images, I’m all in. I love everything about it. I’ve been making images for about 40 years.
I’ve been working in oil most recently, in a variety of styles including alla prima, traditional and soon, en plein air! I am extremely proud of and excited about my new Natural Abstracts series.
I love photography as well and am experienced with 35mm film, large format and digital. My photograph “Waimanu Falls” won an honorable mention in the prestigious Nature’s Best International Photography Competition, with others held in consideration. This competition exhibited the piece in the Smithsonian and around the US.
I also write, having been hired by the web’s largest nature photography sites to write articles for them, and I was invited to be a peer reviewer for Focal Press, international publisher of how-to photography books.
I have written three books, my latest is PHOTO DESIGN: Image Design for Photographers, and is my first for general photographers. NATURAL DESIGN: Image Design for Nature Photographers has been taught at McDaniel Art College in Maryland for more than a decade, The University of Tennessee at Nashville, and soon UCLA.
The bird you see with me in my photo is Augustus ‘Gus.’ He’s a wildly out-of-control 21 year-old Timneh African Grey parrot. He whistles Dixie and loves to say his own name. He keeps me laughing constantly.
I hope you enjoy my site, and thanks for visiting!