Artist Statement

The artist is conscious of something beside the mere physical in every object in nature.
He feels its expression, he sympathizes with its character, he is impressed with its language;
his heart, mind, and soul are stirred in its contemplation.
Albert Sands Southworth

Nature and landscape came before the camera. As a lifelong student of nature and wilderness, my beliefs were shaped early in life by the words of John Muir, Aldo Leopold, and Wallace Stegner long before I ever considered making a life with photography. I'm a naturalist first and artist second and wildness is significantly more meaningful to me than a beautiful place to make photographs; it is integral to my being and creativity.

The intimate and unheralded is the focus of my work. I am compelled by natural light and design; by texture and form; by the organic and the unnatural; by the unusual and the ephemeral. My goal is to portray my personal communion with the land and its flora and the unique and transcendental moments they have shared with me.

I work with both a high resolution Nikon DSLR system and Chamonix view cameras with film.