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Born in 1984 in Grand Rapids, Ohio I developed a love for the mountains through my family's many travels to the west. In 2003 I got my first taste of mountain living in Prescott, Arizona during college. After a couple of years back in Ohio I moved to Colorado to pursue my art and adventure in the mountains.
I now live in the "Gateway to the Rockies" frequently traveling to iconic western locations or exploring less traveled areas. I have traveled to every mountain state west of the Mississippi as well as Iceland, France, Italy, and Canada in development of my portfolio.
While always interested in photography as a child it was never an active endeavor until a photography class in high school. Through this class I was taught the nuances of B&W film photography while learning to read light and develop my photographic eye. Every image was carefully thought out and developed from click to print.
My experiences with film photography and development were something I brought with me when I switched to digital in 2006. Soon after making the digital transition I became a full time portrait photographer in Cincinnati, Ohio learning a completely different side to the art. From there I also branched out into wedding, event, architectural and even bird photography. I explored all these avenues but the draw to landscape photography was always there and the strongest.
Towards the end of 2008 the draw of the mountains brought my wife and I to Colorado, leaving jobs and family to explore more of the “Great West”. We settled in Denver as an ideal location to develop roots and further our wanderings. Since that time I’ve been using all my photographic experiences to hone my art and develop my vision.
I’ve studied the work of many influential contemporary and historic photographers such as Alain Briot, Marc Adamus, John Fielder and Ansel Adams. Ansel Adams influenced my early B&W work while Marc Adamus and Alain Briot’s art developed my ability and direction in color. John Fielder’s work fueled my exploration of Colorado and a thirst to see all its wonders.
In the process of my artistic development my work has gained recognition in numerous photographic competitions and galleries. Photo credits include Backpacker Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, 5280 Magazine, and Trail Runner Magazine. My work has also has been displayed in galleries and museums throughout Colorado. During this time I have shared my knowledge with others through personal and group instruction as well as workshops. I've also published a popular eBook guide to Colorado fall photography titled “Colorado's Fall Colors - A Photographer's Guide”.
My vision is to share the beauty of nature through my art. I want to reveal all that is breathtaking and beautiful, astonishing and different. Whether it's a place often visited or not at all, I want others to see the world as I have, to motivate them to see it for themselves and protect our wilderness. When I view one of my photographs I can immerse myself in the experience, even if just for a while.
All the equipment I choose whether it’s cameras, software, printers, etc. is to accomplish this goal. While the quality of my art is now far beyond when I started I am always striving towards perfection; for while perfection may not be attainable, it is a lofty goal that drives the creation of true art. The ambition of my fine art photography is to create work that fulfills that vision. The camera is only one step in this process and the image it outputs is like a blank canvas with a full set of paints. It gives me the tools to not only show others what I saw that day but bring the scene to its full glory.