Some Awards...

Award of Excellence - Art & Apples
Rochester, Michigan -- September 2011, 2012

Second Place Photography, Crosby Festival of the Arts, Toledo, OH -- June 2012

First Place, Photography, Springfield IL Old Capitol Art Fair -- May 2012

Award of Excellence, Levis Commons Art Fair Perrysburg, OH --August 2011

Award of Outstanding Achievement, Glencoe Festival of the Masters, Glencoe IL -- July 2011

First Place Photography, Crosby Festival of the Arts, Toledo, OH -- June 2011

Award of Distinction, Winter Park Sidewalk Art Fair, Winter Park FL -- March 2011

Award of Distinction, ArtFest Fort Myers, Fort Myers, FL -- February 2011

Award of Merit, Images, New Smyrna Beach, FL -- January 2011

Solo Exhibition - Arts for the Spirit
Oakwood Hospital, Taylor MI
-- April - June 2010

Merit Award, Barrington Art Fair
Barrington, IL --May 2010

Award of Merit, Winter Park Sidewalk Art Fair, Winter Park, Florida -- March 2010

Best 2-D - ArtFest Fort Myers
Fort Myers, Florida -- February 2010

Award of Excellence - Art & Apples
Rochester, Michigan --September 2009

Award of Excellence, Morning Glory Art Festival, Milwaukee WI -- August 2009

Best in Show 2-D, State Street Art Festival, Ann Arbor, MI -- July 2009

First Place, Mt. Clemens Fine Arts Fair
Mt. Clemens, MI -- June 2009

Best 2-D Artist - Rising Sun Art Festival
Rising Sun, Indiana -- September 2008

Award of Excellence - Art & Apples
Rocheste, Michigan -- September 2008

Work selected for Exhibition at the Governor’s Mansion, Lansing, Michigan
-- July 2007 through July 2008

Award of Excellence - Photography, Crocker Park Art Festiva, Westlake, OH -- 2007

Purchase Award -- Walt Disney Festival of the Masters, Orlando FL -- November 2006  

Honorable Mention, Mountain Photo Festival -- The Dahl Art Center, Rapid City, SD -- 2006

First Place -- Digital, Boca Raton Museum of Art
20th Annual Juried Art Festival, Boca Raton, FL -- February 2006

Third Place in Show-- Muskegon Summer Celebration, Muskegon Michigan, June 2005


Riding, ranching and art direction

I was born in Rapid City, South Dakota. My father and grandfather wrangled horses, tourists and children on our dude ranch, and my father gave me my first camera when I was 7. He showed me how to use the Brownie, gave me a roll of film, and told me to bring it back when I was done exposing the negative. I went through a number of hand-me-down cameras -- an old Voigtlander, an Argus C3, a Mamiya and others, before I finally got a decent SLR after college.

My degree is in Visual Communication. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin, and went to work for a friend of my Dad's who taught me the ropes in advertising. He also taught me how to visualize and how to think about lighting. Much of the scientific method I take for granted now I learned from Hugh Lambert. I worked for several ad agencies over the next thirty years, moving up from junior art director, to Creative Director, to Managing Director of the Chicago office of a national interactive marketing services company. In between, I met my wife, got married, and partnered up with some old friends in Chicago and kept shooting Out West.

After leaving the Windy City, I moved back to Michigan, and began pursuing my dream of shooting full-time. I purchased my first digital SLR, my first pigment printer, and then my second printer. And my third. I did my first show, in Muskegon in 2005, and won my first award check. That was sweet. I went through a couple of trailers, and put a lot of miles on my Jeep.

So there you have it. The capsule version of my life. If you're interested in my resume, I'd be happy to send you a copy, but it's a lot more boring than the stories from the road.