The Earth speaks to me and it's been like this for as long as I can remember.
In my dual careers as teacher and artist, I’m guided by this bond, and in turn, help guide others in their quest to organically find their own path. For me, the path is art, education, and environmental/social engagement.
I’ve been a professional photographer for over thirty years and have spent 15 years sharing my learning as a teacher. Both bring great joy to my life.
The evolution of my practice began in my early twenties when I immersed myself in the practice of making photographs. My early landscape and nature photographs echoing the work of modernists Ansel Adams, Brett Weston, Alfred Stieglitz and Paul Strand who were all in their own way responsible for establishing photography as an art form. As a commercial photographer, I apprenticed with some of the world’s best-known advertising photographers and quickly opened my own photography studio creating advertising photographs for many blue-chip clients.
Over time I began to use my photography in a reportage style, to document and expose government and corporate ambitions that have done great harm to the Earth and her inhabitants. These experience’s led me to found (10 years ago) Loma Kachi, a 501c3 not for profit that works with Navajo, Hopi and Lakota families on American reservations.
I'm grateful for the many direction’s life has taken me and am poised at the intersection of photography, art, and social engagement. My aesthetic centered on raising awareness of environmental perils and a social-political culture in distress.
2019 brings new work with the project Cages and the publishing of Cooper Lake: my muse.