I began my journey into digital photography in 2005 when I enrolled in my first photography class and while I found I needed to learn how to use the gear, what I discovered is that I absolutely love the post processing I could accomplish using my computer. No surprise really, since my background is in technology training. I am now focusing on using my teaching/training skills to share what I have learned (and continue to learn) about digital photography.
I am still finding my niche and find that I am drawn to fine art and nature more than people and portraiture–at least for the time being. I photograph as a means of sharing the visual beauty that I see all around me. Too often, we spend our days toiling away at some drudgery or other with our eyes on some material target. With photography I hope to raise awareness of the beauty that is intrinsic to everyday places and spaces.
I have my doctorate in education with 20+ years conducting professional development, teaching online as well as face-to-face. Currently, I lead photo tours at Baggett Country Photography Ranch, teach Lightroom and photography courses online at Learn.Photography.IO.
Trivia about me:
I was born in Galveston, TX, USA. That makes me a native Texan and B.O.I. (Born On the Island), which is an important distinction on the Island. I didn’t make this up–you can look in the Urban Dictionary at http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=B.O.I.
I currently reside in College Station, TX, USA. Loving every minute at Texas A&M University!
I have been drawn to the environment and spirit of the natural world for as long as I can remember. As a child growing up on Galveston Island, I spent many hours on beaches, in pastures, and beside bayous to experience, learn, and explore. That was the beginning of my journey to “see” nature. Today, more than half-century later, as a freelance, outdoor, nature, and fine art photographer, I am still on that quest to experience and understand the natural world.
If pressed, I categorize my art as interpretive nature imagery since a majority of my subjects include wildlife, plants, insects and outdoor scenes. Occasionally however; my inherent connection with old and decaying objects as artifacts of the lifestyles of prior generations is evident in my images. My images range from macro, close-up, and abstracts to intimate, rural and grand landscapes.
Like Tolstoy, I believe the purpose of art is to convey feeling or emotion. Through my art, I express my feelings for the locations I visit and the wonders of nature that I encounter along the way. Rather than simply documenting a scene, my fine art works serve to communicate my memories and feelings about the subject or scene and to evoke an emotional response from the viewer.
My camera is one of the primary tools I use to achieve my artistic goals. Further, my experience and education in computers and technology allows me to take full advantage of the digital darkroom. I find digital photography to be exciting and almost limitless; allowing me to overcome many of the technical challenges that previously presented barriers to ways of communicating emotion to viewers by photographers in the past. Technology enables my creative side to draw from my technical side to express my experiences in nature more deeply than ever before. The digital age is truly an exciting time to be a photographic artist!
I create many of my fine art images by painstakingly layering multiple images, adding digital brush strokes, and may even include additional scenic elements. Each image can take 80 hours or more to create, however I often lose track of time and space when I am in the throes of the creative process. The result is a unique work of art, evoking the mood of an old master’s painting or the vibrancy of contemporary art.
Photographic Awards and Recognition
|Texas Artist Wine Label Competition – Finalist; Messina Hof Winery||2015|
|Annual Showcase Top 250; North American Nature Photography Association||2015|
|Annual Showcase Semifinalist (2 entries); North American Nature Photography Association||2015|
|First Place, Black & White; DeWitt County Shutterbugs Photo Contest||April 2014|
|First Place Week 3, Featherfest Photo Contest; Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council & The Daily News||March 2014|
|Third Place; Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and Wildflower Magazine Photo Contest: Public Voting||2013|
|Third Place;Ranch and Rural Living Magazine’s 2011 Photo Contest, People Category||September 2011|
|Messina Hof Winery Annual Festival of Wine and Roses; Wine Label Contest Finalists||April 2015|
|DeWitt County Shutterbugs Annual Exhibition||April 2015|
|Arts Council of Brazos Valley, Community Gallery at Large||September 2014|
|Gallery 979, Bryan TX||March 2014|
Invitations from Juried Events
|Downtown Art Festival, Bryan TX||2015|
|Messina Hof Winery Wine and Roses Festival||2015|
|Texas Reds Steak and Grape Festival, Bryan TX||2015|
|Bayou City Arts Festival, Houston TX||2015|
- Graduate of the Professional Photography Program – The Photography Institute, San Francisco, CA
- BSBA, MEd, EdD
|Expressions, North American Nature Photography||2015|
|Ranch and Rural Living Magazine||October 2011|
USDLA Board of Directors