Biography/Statement

I spent my early years in the southeastern portion of Kansas, and from that early rural environment developed a deep appreciation for nature and for the open landscape. Upon relocating to Lawrence to attend the University of Kansas, the collection of architecture was also a strong influence as my interest in photography began to develop. Concurrently with my formal education I began an independent study of landscape and architecture photography, and was further influenced by the work of Adams and other B&W photographers of that time.

With this good understanding of the black and white process as a foundation, I was soon interested in larger camera formats, and began to use more color photography. I now work exclusively with large and medium format equipment and my chosen subjects are landscape, nature and architecture. I am drawn to the State and National Parks, or to any subject that holds some geologic, historic or purely aesthetic significance. Kansas, however,is my primary interest, and I most enjoy the documentation and artistic interpretation of its varied regions and unique features as well as its agricultural and rural qualities. I live in a quiet and peaceful area of Douglas county.

One of my greatest concerns is our negative impact on the wondrous and pristine landscapes, as well as on the rural areas that I have come to know. I hope to capture many of the landscapes and structures that remain, but I am often discouraged and saddened to see the mistreatment of these important locations. That some of my work might aid in the documentation, protection or preservation of any such worthy subject is undoubtedly my greatest aspiration.

Juried Shows and Awards

Vision of Lawrence 2014. Jurors: Selected Panel Dates: October 4, 2012 to November 29, 2013. Venue: Lawrence Public Library.

Visions of the Flint Hills Exhibition 2014. Juror: Kim Casebeer Dates: October 3, 2012 to November 28, 2014. Venue: Buttonwood Art Space, KC, Missouri.

30th Annual Five-State Photography Competition and Exhibition 2012-2013. Juror: Daniel W. Coburn. Dates: December 6, 2013 to January 23, 2013. Venue: Hays Arts Center, Hays, Kansas. Award: Honorable Mention - Nature Category

Visions of the Flint Hills Exhibition 2013. Juror: Michael Albrechtsen Dates: October 4, 2012 to November 29, 2013. Venue: Buttonwood Art Space, KC, Missouri.

29th Annual Five-State Photography Competition and Exhibition 2011-2012. Juror: April M. Watson. Dates: December 7, 2012 to January 24, 2013. Venue: Hays Arts Center, Hays, Kansas.

Visions of the Flint Hills Exhibition 2012. Juror: Judith Mackey. Dates: October 9, 2012 to November 21, 2012. Venue: Buttonwood Art Space, KC, Missouri.

28th Annual Five-State Photography Competition and Exhibition 2011-2012. Juror: Angela Faris Belt. Dates: December 9, 2011 to January 19, 2012. Venue: Hays Arts Center, Hays, Kansas.

Visions of the Flint Hills 2011. Juror: Jamie Lavin. Dates: October 7, 2011 to November 25, 2011. Venue: Buttonwood Art Space, KC, Missouri.

27th Annual Five-State Photography Competition and Exhibition 2010-2011. Juror: R. Skip Kohloff and Lisbeth Neergaard Kohloff. Dates: December 10, 2010 to January 20, 2011. Venue: Hays Arts Center, Hays, Kansas.

26th Annual Five-State Photography Competition and Exhibition 2009-2010. Juror: Loretta Young-Gautier. Dates: December 12, 2009 to January 26, 2010. Venue: Hays Arts Center, Hays, Kansas. Award: Second Place - Nature Category

25th Annual Five-State Photography Competition and Exhibition 2008-2009. Juror: Gary Mark Smith. Dates: December 12, 2008 to January 21, 2009. Venue: Hays Arts Center, Hays, Kansas.

24th Annual Five-State Photography Competition and Exhibition 2007-2008. Juror: Greg Cradick. Dates: December 7, 2007 to January 18, 2008. Venue: Hays Arts Center, Hays, Kansas. Award: First Place - Nature Category

Image Publications

Douglas County Treasurer Website Image: Sunflower Field, Wilson Co., Kansas. ID: 1337

Kansas! Calendar, 2011, January. Image: Fresh Snow, Frost, Sunrise, Douglas Co., Kansas. ID: R93-12-L

Kansas! Magazine, Winter 2010. Image: Clearing Ice Storm, Tree, Douglas Co., Kansas. ID: R161-8

Kansas! Magazine, Fall 2010. Image: Autumn Foliage, Black Jack Battlefield, Douglas Co., Kansas. ID: R161-1

Kansas! Magazine, Spring 2009. Image: Burr Oak Leaf Detail, Douglas Co., Kansas. ID: R154-3

Kansas! Magazine, Winter 2008. Image: Ice Storm, Corn Stalks, Sunrise, Douglas Co., Kansas. ID: R59-4-L

Kansas! Magazine, Autumn 2008. Image: Autumn Foliage, Black Jack Battlefield, Douglas Co., Kansas. ID: R148-2