I'm a nature and landscape artist who lives in northern California, but my home is the wilderness expanses in the western states. I'm especially drawn to the desert southwest, Yosemite, and Death Valley. The open spaces and open gates of the BLM-managed land are always captivating.
The old-growth forests of the Pacific North West have fascinated me since my first strolls through Redwood National Park, Prairie Creek, and the Avenue of the Giants, fishing and floating the Smith, Mad, and Eel Rivers.
The best job I ever had was wildland fire fighting, as a smokejumper, out of McCall Idaho. We were paid to jump out of "perfectly good airplanes" into remote wilderness areas, from Alaska to New Mexico and it was awesome!
I've just ended a 37-year career, teaching middle school English. So I'm transitioning to my last chapters. I've been creating fine art photography for 10 years and it's been an incredible learning opportunity. Leading me to see iconic and remote parks and monuments, while meeting an exciting and thoughtful bunch of photographic artists.
I'm also a member of Nature First and practice their principles.
Prioritize the well-being of nature over photography.
Educate yourself about the places you photograph.
Reflect on the possible impact of your actions.
Use discretion if sharing locations.
Know and follow rules and regulations.
Always follow Leave No Trace principles and strive to leave places
better than you found them.
Actively promote and educate others about these principles.
Wishing you astonishing light and subtle beauty!