About Me

I am an artist and strong believer of the of the many benefits of art.

I feel that it’s partly my responsibility to use my talents to create beautiful images that will help sway the moods and dispositions of those who view my artwork. If one person is in a great mood because of viewing and taking pleasure in my images, he or she will treat others more kindly making a better place for those around them and my goal will have been achieved.

My education began in the traditional wet darkroom of  Glendale Community College where I learned to use advanced techniques to create a truly archival fine art print. I later transferred that knowledge into my digital workflow where I have even more control over the creation of my art.

 

Some of my photographic influences include the works of Minor White, Aaron Siskind, Michael Kenna, and Edward Weston. 

 

Awards:

November 2019 - Artwork "Zion's Depths" chosen to be featured in Saatchi Art's "Flora and Fauna" Collection

March 2018 - Received First Place Award of Excellence for the "Seasons" exhibition at the J. Mane Gallery 

July 2018 - Received Second Place Award of Excellence for the "H2O" exhibition at the J. Mane Gallery 

 

Exhibitions:

2020 - Group exhibition - "Phoenix On Film" Three of my toned silver gelatin fine art pieces depicting scenes of Phoenix, Arizona were placed and on exhibit for the month of March 2020 at the Phoenix Film Revival darkroom, studio and gallery.

2009 - Solo exhibition - "Natural Adaptations" A collection of abstract black and white silver prints. Photomark Phoenix, Az

 

Events:

Several times a year I attend art festivals throughout Arizona to sell my fine art photographic prints. 


Education:

I'm mostly self taught with photography but I did take photo 1 & 2, painting, drawing, life drawing, art history, 2 dimensional design, and various other courses to acquire a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Art Education through Ottawa University in 2009.

Influences:

I’m influenced by the works of Minor White, Aaron Siskind, Michael Kenna, Edward Weston, and Jack Dykinga to name a few. 

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